29 January 2013

Zambia: Ex-Diplomat Chikoti Found With Case to Answer

FORMER Diplomat Benedict Chikoti has been found with a case to answer on a charge of giving false information to Journalists.

Ndola magistrate Ben Akende put Chikoti on his defence after the State established a prima facie case against him.

Chikoti 68, who once served in China, chose to give evidence on oath with two witnesses.

Particulars of the offence are that Chikoti on November 6, 2011 did give false information, believed to be false, to Nkweto Mfula and Aggrey Banda employed at Zambia Daily Mail as senior reporter and senior photo Journalist respectively.

Chikoti is alleged to have given a story that Angela Chikoti, his biological daughter who was named by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) as having been arrested in Pakistan for trafficking in drugs, was in fact in South Africa.

He allegedly told the Zambia Daily Mail that the woman arrested in the Asian country was not related to him.

Chikoti's daughter was arrested on August 23, 2011 at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Pakistan after she was caught with 97 pellets of heroin.

Mr Akende adjourned the case to February 6, this year for defence.

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