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Court to hear case of hate speech, unlawful assembly against Kambwili May, 18


Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate, Davies Chibwili, has allocated the case of Patriotic front (PF) presidential hopeful Chishimba Kambwili for possible plea.

In this matter, Kambwili, 54, is jointly charged with a Lusaka businessman, Charles Kakula Chisanga, aged 30 of Lusaka.

The two are facing one count of unlawful assembly and riot Contrary to Section 74 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia and one count of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt for persons because of race Contrary to Section 70(1) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

When the matter came up for allocation on Tuesday at the Lusaka magistrate court, Magistrate Chibwili allocated it to magistrate Kawama Mwamfuli for commencement of plea. However, the matter could not commence after the court was informed that the accused persons were not before court.

The state informed the court that the two accused persons were not present and were on police bond.

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“The accused persons are on police bond and are not here, may the matter come up on May 18 for plea,” state submitted.

Meanwhile Magistrate Mwamfuli has set May 18, 2023 as a date for commencement of plea.

It is alleged that Kambwili and Kakula on January 26, 2023, in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with others Unknown, unlawfully did assemble with intent to commit an offence or breach of peace.

Kakula on January 26, 2023, in Lusaka did utter words which did say’nthawi yoti alozi, atonga, akaonde akabulike mongati makkhoswe m’ma ofisezi yabona idza kwana muwa uze apresident Hakainde, amene alukhalira kumbuyo Mtundu wao’.

Meaning “time will come when Lozis, Tongas, Kaondes will scamper like rats from government offices, tell President Hakainde who is siding with his tribe mates.

This is held as expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt against a group of persons, namely the Lozis, Tongas and Kaonde speaking people.

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