PF CADRE Innocent Kalimanshi, commonly known as “PF national commander”, has been dragged to the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defaming Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo in a WhatsApp message.

Kalimanshi, 40, a businessman of Lusaka’s Leopards Hill, is facing a charge of libel.

It is alleged that on November 8, 2020, Kalimanshi unlawfully published a defamatory matter affecting Kampyongo in the form of a WhatsApp message in which Kalimanshi said:

“When the President decided to drop one position from you and gave it to Kelvin Sampa, you got annoyed and sent me to be saying bad things against Kelvin Sampa, you also said that when you were arrested for the offence of assault and was in custody, I did give instructions to the police to deny you police bond, and that I had taken a sack of sausages to Mr Musonda (the Criminal Investigations Officer), you further alleged that whilst you were in Johannesburg on known dates I had sent some people to go and kill you.”

The matter has been allocated to Magistrate Felix Kaoma where Kalimanshi, who was not before court, will be appearing.

Meanwhile, the matter in which a 27-year-old woman has been dragged to the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court for allegedly trespassing on the premises of traditional healer Chileya Chilufya, popularly known as Kalonga Kanono, will come up on January 5, next year, for trial.

In this matter, Miriam Kunda of Zambia National Service camp is charged with one count of criminal trespass, but had pleaded not guilty.

Particulars of the offence allege that Kunda on December 3, 2020, unlawfully entered on the premises of Chileya Chilufya with intent to steal.

However, when the matter came up for trial before Magistrate Amy Masoja yesterday, the accused was before court, but Chilufya, who is the complainant in the matter, was not present.

At this point, the State told Magistrate Masoja that it was unable to proceed with trial due to the absence of the complainant.

The matter comes up on January 5, next year.

Allegations in this case are that Mirriam Kunda visited the traditional healer in January, 2020, at his office in Kanyama requesting for help.

She allegedly wanted some traditional medicine to get back with her husband who had chased her and Chilufya asked her to pay a K500 for the said medicine.

After that, she left for Kabwe, but later went back to Chilufya to appreciate him for the services because the medicine had worked as she was back with her husband.

However, sometime in May, Kunda went back to Chilufya’s clinic complaining that her husband had again chased her.

She was again assisted by the traditional healer, but to Chilufya’s surprise in August, 2020, Kunda went to his office with her bags demanding that he marry her.

On December 3, 2020, Kunda again went to Chilufya’s house with her bags insisting that he marry her, but was again taken to Kanyama Police Station where she was charged for criminal trespass.

This is because the traditional healer allegedly did not want her near his house as she was just a customer, who had gone to seek for help, which he rendered to her.