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Socialist party leader, M’membe, reportedly drags police chief to court for defamation


Socialist Party (SP) leader, Fred M’membe, is said to have dragged Inspector General (IG) of Police, Raphael Musamba, to court for defamation.

An affidavit in support of complaint filed in the Subordinate Court of the First Class for the Lusaka District, on Friday, M’membe stated that the conduct of Musamba was criminalised under section 191 of the Penal Code CAP 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

According to the affidavit, by virtue of IG’s position in the Police Service, a complaint by the opposition leader lodged at any police station cannot be objectively acted upon because of the same.

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During a media briefing, the Police IG had been accused of allegedly defamed the SP leader on the very day he was detained at Woodlands Police station.

During a briefing last week, the IG accused M’membe of inciting peace-loving Zambians into a civil disobedience.

He said that police would not sit and watch an individual make utterances that were capable of causing anarchy in the country.

He added that Zambia Police Service had an obligation to defend the Constitution at any cost.

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