Journalist Pondamali given 20 injections course, still tied to bed

Detained journalist Wilson Pondamali has been put on a 20 injections course for Pneumonia but is till handcuffed to his bed in hospital.

Meanwhile, seven armed police officers have again raided Pondamali’s house looking for laptops and phones he uses in his reporting.

The police went to Pondamali’s house last night and threatened his wife and friends to handover any equipment that may be keeping for him.

The police managed to confiscate another laptop from the house.

At Hospital, Pondamali who collapsed on Monday is still in bad shape as doctors are treating him for pneumonia.

Two armed police officers are guarding him while one hand is handcuffed to the bed.

The police have refused to release Pondamali despite the court granting him bail. The police are waiting for him to feel better so that they can take him back to jail.

Pondamali is facing charges of being in unlawful possession of military books contrary to section 181(1)(5) of the Defence Act Chapter 106 of the Laws of Zambia.

He has been in police custody since Wednesday, 17 July 2013. The other charge Pondamali is facing is theft of a Kabwe municipal book, making the total count of charges four (4). The municipal book costs an estimated value of K140 (approximately US$25). He has pleaded not guilty to the charges of being in unlawful possession of military books and theft of the municipal book.

The journalist is suspected of having links to this online news service provider, Zambian Watchdog. Two other journalists, Thomas Zyambo and Clayson Hamasaka have also been arrested on suspicion of having the same links with the news website.

 

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