Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

Zambia: Journalists Facing Trial Cry Foul Over Arrests

The defence lawyer representing former Information and Broadcasting Minister in the previous Movement for Multiparty Democracy government Ronnie Shikapwasha and his permanent secretary Sam Phiri, have established that the indictment served to the accused persons was defective.

Phiri and three others, including freelance journalist Chanda Chimba III, former Zambia Daily Mail Deputy Managing Editor Davies Mataka, and consultant Ngande Mwananjiti, could not take plea today because the lawyers submitted to Lusaka magistrate Aridah Chulu that their clients were served with defective indictments in matter when they were arrested.

Magistrate Aridah Chulu then asked the State prosecution team to review the documents in question and adjourned the matter.

The former minister and his permanent secretary are facing charges of abuse of authority of office.

Mataka and Mwananjiti are charged for corrupt acquisition of property and revenue, while Chimba is accused of running a newspaper publication without having it registered with the National Archives of Zambia.

All the charges are in connection with the authorization of the airing of a documentary TV series called Stand Up for Zambia which was broadcast on national television (ZNBC) before and during the general elections campaign which the MMD lost the now ruling Patriotic Front.

Copyright © 2013 Zambia Reports. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.