POLICE in Lusaka have arrested photographer Chellah Tukuta.
Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo confirmed the arrest saying he would be charged with four counts of criminal libel.
“Police in Lusaka have arrested Chella Tukuta for Criminal Libel. This is in connection with some derogatory remarks alleged to have been produced and posted on social media by the accused person against Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Hon. Dora Siliya, Zambia Revenue Authority Commissioner General(ZRA), Kingsley Chanda, Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Charles Sipanje and Former Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda,” stated Katongo.
“The accused person is in police custody yet to be charged with four counts of Criminal Libel. He is also expected to face more charges on the Copperbelt.”
Tukuta was one of the three who were warned by Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo to desist from using social media to discuss critical governance issues.
Tukuta refused to apologise for making videos in which he accused several government officials of corruption.