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Lumezi lawmaker, Zulu, appears in court for sedition; case adjourned to November, 28


Lumezi independent member of Parliament, Munir Zulu, has appeared in court for seditious practices to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Zulu had been charged with one count of Seditious Practices contrary to Section 57 (1) (b) as read with section 60 (1) (e) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Zulu was expected to appear at the Lusaka Magistrate Court on Friday before Chief Resident Magistrate Davies Chibwili for allocation and possible plea.

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It was alleged that Zulu, on September 6, 2023, in Lusaka uttered seditious words on social media, to which he claimed to have had reliable information that:
“The President was going to dissolve parliament on Friday, September 8, 2023 after addressing parliament, and that he was going to call for early elections.”

Zulu had also been accused of inciting Zambians to prepare for campaigns because according to him, President Hichilema was dissolving parliament.

The words, the State contended were intended to incite violence or any offence prejudicial to public order or in disturbance of the public peace.

And, when the matter came up on Thursday for plea at the Lusaka Magistrate Court, Magistrate Trevor Kasanda read the charge to the accused and he denied uttering seditious words on social media.

Magistrate Kasanda had since adjourned the matter to November 28, 2023 for commencement of trial.

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