Fr. Frank Bwalya against forgiveness

Get involved Zambia Executive Director Father Frank Bwalya has described the acquittal of UPND member William Banda as compromise.

United Party for National Development (UPND) member William Banda has been acquitted for his offence of attempted assault to MUVI television Journalist Lloyd Kapusa.

Mr Banda who appeared yesterday before Lusaka Magistrate Boniface Mwiinga in the company of his lawyer Martha Mushipe pleaded guilty to the offence when the matter came up for plea on September 4, this year.

This is in a matter were Mr Banda was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm contrary to section 248 of the penal code and chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

However when the matter came up for commencement of trial, complainant in the case Lloyd Kapusa made an application to court to have the matter withdrawn.

Mr Kapusa told court that he intended to withdraw the matter after carrying wider consultations adding that the media has been in the forefront in preaching peace, forgiveness and reconciliation therefore he saw it fit to forgive Mr Banda.

He further told court that Mr Banda has shown remorse for his action, and did reservedly apologize in person to him, to media organizations and the nation at large.

But Father Bwalya is disappointed that the journalist decided to with draw the  case.

He wonders how people like Mr Banda will learn if cases of violence are being withdrawn.

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