Former President Rupiah Banda has dragged Post Newspaper owner Fred Mmembe and his Post Newspapers to court for contempt of court. Banda has since listed nineteen counts in which he contends Fred Mmembe has committed contempt of court.
According to a complaint lodged in the criminal registry of the subordinate court in Lusaka and accessed by the Zambian Watchdog, Rupiah Banda states that on several dates, M’membe wrote and published comments in the Post Newspapers stating that Banda is corrupt even though he has not been found guilty.
He said all the 18 editorial comments he is complaining of are capable of prejudicing (influencing judge against him) him in the matters before court as the courts are hearing matters relating to corrupt practices to determine whether the former president was corrupt or not.
Banda through his lawyers Makebi Zulu Advocates contends that each of the comments and articles complained of are contemptuous and in contravention of section 116(d) of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.