Convicted National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader Chishimba Kambwili has been found with a case to answer in a matter he is accused of defaming Republican President Edgar Lungu. Last month, Kambwili was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in one count of forgery and another 12 months for uttering a false document.
Lusaka Magistrate Felix Kaoma has placed Kambwili on his defence in the matter which Republican Progressive Party Leader Peter Chanda took to court alleging that he put the name of the President in ridicule by uttering defamatory words.
The particulars are that on 9 September last year, with intent to bring the name of the president into hatred, ridicule and contempt, the outspoken NDC leader published defamatory words.
It is alleged that Kambwili defamed the President when he insinuated that the Presidential jet is being used to carry drugs, the words which are suggestive that President Edgar Lung has been trafficking drug.
Kambwili is charged under Section 69 of the Penal Code which states that “any person who, with intent to bring the President into hatred, ridicule or contempt, publishes any defamatory or insulting matter, whether by writing, print, word of mouth or in any other manner, is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years.”
When the matter came up for continuation of trial, the state presented its last witness, Kamima Nyirenda, a pilot at the Zambia Air Force, testified that President Lungu has never flown with businessman Valden Findlay and that the allegations by the accused were purely made to put the name of the President in disrepute.
After the testimony Magistrate Kaoma found the State had adduced sufficient evidence to place Kambwili on his defence which will begin on 15 February 2021.