Journalist Pondamali still in prison three days after police abducted him

Three days after the Zambia Police abducted him, investigative journalist Wilson Pondamali is still in police detention.

On Wednesday late evening he was charged with unlawful possession of restricted stores in line with Section 181(1)(5) of the Defence Act Cap. 106 of the Laws of Zambia’.

But even after charging him with this, the police decided to keep him in a dungeon they call police cells.

The police are said to be looking for two other charges to slap on Pondamali but they are still waiting for instructions from State House on what offence exactly to charge him with.

On Thursday, attempts by Pondamali’s lawyers to secure a police bond for him failed because the police officer in charge had gone to a political rally addressed by ailing dictator Michael Sata in Mkushi.

If found guilty, Pondamali will be jailed for two years.

Two other journalists, Thomas Zyambo and Clayson Hamasaka have also been arrested by police on the continued suppression of the media by the PF regime.

Zyambo is facing a charge of sedition while the police are still searching the archaic law books to find a suitable charge for Hamasaka.

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