Musician Pilato has been arrested and detained at Lusaka central police over a fabricated charge of conduct likely to cause breach of the peace after realising that the defamation charge cannot stand.
Pilato turned himself at Lusaka central police station in the company of two lawyers Mulilo Kabesha and Marshal Muchende. Police were earlier looking for Pilato for allegedly defaming President Edgar Lungu in his song A Lungu anabwela even without any complaint from Lungu. In spite of the fabricated offence being bailable, Pilato has since been denied police bond and police want him to appear in court on Wednesday and possibly be sent to a remand prison.
Police sources have told the Watchdog that it is unlikely that Pilato will be granted his constitutional bail even as he appears in court on Wednesday but his lawyers are pushing that he appears in court either today or tomorrow so that they apply for constitutional bail.
Meanwhile Media institute for Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia chapter chairperson Hellen Mwale has described Pilato’s detention as an assault on freedom of expression. The media institute has since called on police to immediately release the musician and stop the barabarism in a democratic nation like Zambia.