Former Ambassador, Emmanuel Mwamba, has failed to take plea before the Lusaka Magistrates Court in a matter in which he is charged for Seditious Practices.
This was because the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gilbert Phiri, is yet to give consent to prosecute the matter.
Mwamba, also PF Publicity and Information chairperson, appeared Friday, before Magistrate Chrispin Hampungani.
He faces one count of Seditious Practices contrary to Section 57(1) (b) as read with Section 60 (1) (a) (b) (d) (I) of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that Mwamba on November 4, 2023 at unknown place using a computer system knowingly and without lawful excuse did post or allowed to be posted on his Facebook page under his name, a post which is likely to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in Zambia and to incite violence or any offence prejudicial to public order or in disturbance of the public peace.
Part of the post read ,”Like the illegal changes at Parliament or anywhere else, the extra ordinary general conference that made Miles Sampa PF President, remains illegal and was held outside the provisions of the Patriotic Front Constitution.”
“The Patriotic Front shall not be stolen by a stooge installed by President Hakainde Hichilema.”
“Parliament,Courts and Registrar of Societies will Not deliver justice. Family let’s reclaim our democracy and constitutionalism by engaging in mass actions and national -wide shutdown.”
The matter comes up again on February 23, 2024 pending instructions from the DPP.
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