MWEWA Chitambala, popularly known as Simon Mwewa, has pleaded not guilty in a matter where he is facing libel and cyber bullying charges against Tasila Lungu.
In the first count, Chitambala is alleged to have on September 15, 2021, in Lusaka, published on his Facebook page a story entitled “The Former President’s Daughter” where he stated that “Tasila Lungu is being investigated for suspicious purchase of a named bank together with all the assets worth 300 million. Everyone from Eagle One to the average councilor was stealing in a big way during the Patriotic Front’s iron rule. The sheer number of multiple cases involving government officials in the PF administration might derail Double H7s goal of placing our country on a better footing. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The PF was a criminal organization and they are in no moral position to provide checks and balances, I propose that the party be deregistered…”
The said words are said to be untrue, defamatory and intended to bring the name of Tasila Lungu into hatred, ridicule, contempt and suggesting that she was engaged in illegal activities when the same was not true.
In the second count, it is alleged that the words published were an attack on Lungu and were published for purposes of launching an attack on her using the cyber space without any lawful authority or reasonable cause to do so.
When the matter came up for plea before Magistrate Thandose Chabala, Friday, Chitambala pleaded not guilty to the charges after they were explained to him.
The matter has since been adjourned to November 15, for mention and December 7 and 20, 2021 for commencement of trial.