Mmembe and Kabimba jailed over RB contempt case

FORMER minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba who is now Rainbow Party leader Post Newspapers owner Fred M’membe have been remanded in prison for contempt of court and will remain there until they meet bail requirements.

This is in case in which Mmembe using The Post newspaper allowed Kabimba to comment on one of former president Rupiah Banda’s on-going court cases.

In his complaint, Mr. Banda alleged that he was labelled a criminal in The Post publication dated February 13, this year, titled `Lungu’s govt is framing Nchito to cover Rupiah’s criminality- Kabimba’.

Mr. Banda said he has never been convicted of any crime by any court of competent jurisdiction within or outside Zambia despite being charged with the alleged corrupt practices.

He further noted that Magistrate Obbister Musukwa found that Mr Banda was presumed innocent until proven guilty and that the proceedings must be reported accurately and fairly.

Mr Banda said he asked his lawyer Makebi Zulu to write to the accused persons that the comments were contemptuous and defamatory and they should render an apology and retract the said comments.

He claims that Mr Kabimba neglected and or refused to heed to the letter and went further to reiterate this position by stating that he will neither apologise to Mr Banda nor retract his comments.

Mr Banda also claimed that the matters complained of are capable of prejudicing him in the cases before the court, which are criminal in nature and that the courts are yet to determine whether he is a criminal or not.

He observed that the comments complained of contravene and defy the ruling of the court and that they are contemptuous and defamatory in accordance with the law.

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