A 43-year-old man of Kalomo has been sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard for what the police called defaming President Michael Sata, contrary to the Section 59 of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
This is in the case where the man of Makalanguzu area of Kalomo was charged with bringing the name of the Sata into hatred, ridicule or contempt by insulting Sata on July 11, 2012, while enjoying his alcoholic beverages at a named guest house in Kalomo township.
Before magistrate Litungi Litungi, was Peter Mweete who, on the material date, was alleged to have uttered the derogatory words by mouth denouncing the Sata in public and was later arrested by police.
Mweete, in his mitigation said he was looking after six children and a grandmother and was also on antiretroviral treatment demanding the court to exercise lenience for his conviction adding that he committed the offence under the influence of alcohol.
However, after taking into consideration his mitigation, magistrate Litungi sentenced him to a six months imprisonment with hard from the date of his arrest and prayed that it should serve as a lesson to those who would be found wanting to bring the dignity of the Republican President into ridicule.