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UPND Secretary-General, Imenda, dragged to Court for allegedly calling Catholic Archbishop ‘Lucifer’


Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) president, Sean Tembo, has lodged a complaint at the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court against UPND Secretary-General, Batuke Imenda, for allegedly referring to Archbishop Alick Banda as the ‘Lucifer of Zambia’.

According to documents filed on Thursday, Tembo stated that on May 28, 2023, Imenda at a press briefing and in a widely circulated audio did utter that the Lusaka Archbishop Banda was the Lucifer of Zambia.

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He contended that the said statement by the ruling party’s Secretary-General constituted hate speech against the Archbishop.

“That the conduct of the accused is criminalised under Section 65 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act no.2 of 2021 of the laws of Zambia,” he said.

The accused has been summoned to appear before Magistrate Chanda on January 25, 2024.

Tembo was, however, required to get permission from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gilbert Phiri, to privately prosecute the matter.

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