THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has adjourned a case in which a 24-year-old woman is accused of alleging that President Hakainde Hichilema sacrificed the six Seventh Day Adventist youths who drowned on Lake Kariba to May 20.

The defamation of the President matter involving Saliya Laisha could not take off yesterday before Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala as the summons were not personally served on the witnesses.

When the matter came up, Tuesday, the prosecution applied to have the case adjourned as there were no witnesses before court.

Magistrate Chabala granted the application and adjourned the case to May 20, 2022 for commencement of trial.

In this matter, it is alleged that on January 5, 2022, in Lusaka, the accused with intent to bring President Hakainde Hichilema’s name into hatred, ridicule or contempt, published a defamatory matter by word of mouth that the President had sacrificed the six Seventh Day Adventist youths who died in the Kariba dam so that he can work well as he has failed to work.

Laisha pleaded not guilty to the charge.