The Lusaka magistrate court has cited Edgar Lungu’ spokesperson Amos Chanda and ex convict Richard Sakala for Contempt of court.
Magistrate Felix Kaoma cited Chanda and Sakala after UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s lawyers filed contempt of contempt charges against the two.
magistrate Felix Kaoma has ordered that Chanda, Richard Sakala and his toilet paper called Daily Nation Newspaper, should appear before him on June 27.
Hichilema and five others, in this case against Chanda, Sakala and the newspaper, have complained about a story headlined ‘HH acted foolishly’ that the Daily Nation published on June 1 quoting Chanda who appeared on an Al Jazeera ‘The Stream’ Programme on May 30.
In the same article, Chanda had stated that ‘…there was no witch-hunt in the arrest of Mr Hichilema as the predicament he faced was purely out of his recklessness and foolish behaviour of endangering the life of the President even after power sirens signalled the coming of the presidential motorcade’.
Hichilema stated that the comments complained of were highly prejudicial or capable of prejudicing him in the treason matter where the courts are supposed to determine whether he and others were criminals.
He stated that Chanda’s comment was libellous and was intended to injure the reputation of the complainants by exposing them to hatred, contempt or ridicule.
Hichilema added that the comment was also contemptuous and contravened section 166 (d)of the Penal Code as they had a direct bearing on the charge preferred on him and the other five.
In the first count of contempt, it is alleged that Chanda, Sakala and Daily Nation between May 1 and June 1 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown while judicial proceedings involving Hichilema and five others were pending before court, made use of speech and published in writing an article which was contemptuous or prejudicial.
Count two alleges that Chanda and two others published defamatory matter contrary to the Laws of Zambia during the same period that injured the reputation of the complainants.
According to summons signed by magistrate Kaoma, Chanda and Sakala are commanded in the name of the President to appear before court on June 27.