A NDOLA man has denied the charge of defamation of the President.
Edward Zyambo, 35, a businessman of 1101 New Twapia Ndola was arrested for insulting President Edgar Lungu by saying “Lungu Ch*kala Chakwe Lungu Ch*kala Chawishi”.
Particulars of the offence are that Zyambo on October 20, 2020 at Ndola with intent to bring the President into hatred, ridicule or contempt, did utter defamatory words in which he said, “Lungu Ch*kala Chakwe Lungu Ch*kala Chawishi”.
When the matter came up before Principal Resident Magistrate Obbister Musukwa for plea, Friday, Zyambo denied the charge.
The state then called five witnesses and the arresting officer told the court that Zyambo continued to insult even after seeing him.
“After I received a report from the informer, I asked if they can lead me to where the suspect was. When I reached near CMML Church, I saw the suspect and he was was insulting on top of his voice saying “Lungu Ch*kala Chakwe Lungu Ch*kala Chawishi”. That is how I apprehend him and took him to the police and detained him and charged him with defamation of the President,” testified the officer in charge identified as Chambwa.
After five witnesses testified, Magistrate Musukwa adjourned the matter to November 17 , 2020 for continued trial.
This is the second case of alleged defamation of the President reported in Ndola within a space of four months.