Two members of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) on Monday July 22, 2013 appeared in the Chipata Magistrate court for allegedly defaming president Michael Sata contrary to the laws of Zambia.
The two officials are said to have accused Sata of practicing witchcraft and being behind the road accidents occurring in the country.
Before Resident Magistrate, Sanford Ngobola were 42 years old Sinoya Mwale of House number C-89, Kapata Township in Chipata and 56 years old Jealous Phiri of house number M- 26, Chisitu – Referendum area in the same district.
Particulars of the charge are that Mr Mwale who is MMD Chipata District Chairperson and Mr Phiri who is Chipata Central constituency’s Kanjala Ward councillor on 18th July, 2013 with intent to bring the name of the President into ridicule allegedly did defame the President.
On the said date, the two allegedly insulted Sata and also accused him of having a hand in many accidents being experienced in the country.
The two MMD officials have pleaded not guilty to the charge and the court has set 30th August, 2013 as the date for trial.
The officials who were arrested yesterday have since been released on police bond.