Court adjourns case against opposition figure, Tayali, in suit alleging inciting mutiny


The Lusaka Magistrate Court has adjourned to May 15 , 2023 a case in which Economic and Equity Party ( EEP) President, Chilufya Tayali, is charged with inciting mutiny .

The matter which was scheduled for commencement of trial before Lusaka magistrate, Kelvin Soma, could not take off because there were no witnesses before court .

State prosecutor, Siphiwe Malundu said the witnesses could not be before court because they were out of jurisdiction.

Malundu who was representing two state prosecutors who are handling the matter applied to have the case adjourned to another date.

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Defence lawyer, Benjamin Mwewa in response said since it was the first time the prosecution was applying for the adjournment of the matter, he would not object to the application.

Mwewa, however, urged the prosecution to ensure that on May 15, 2023 all the witnesses should be before court as well as the state prosecutors having conducted of the case.

Tayali is alleged to have between March 1, 2022 and April 4, 2022 at Lusaka attempted to incite persons serving in the defense force from their duty and allegiance to the President by writing on his Facebook page to which he said

“I do not remember advocating for the defense force, because they have always been paid on time, but now, they are calling on me to speak for them, it is shame. These guys keep our security, you can be frustrating them or trying their patience”.

Tayali on April 5, 2023 pleaded not guilty to the charge and the matter was adjourned for commencement of trial.

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