DPP consents to Nakacinda to be prosecuted for defaming HH

Director of Public Prosecutions Gilbert Phiri has issued consent to have Patriotic Front member of the central committee In charge of Information and Publicity Raphael Nakacinda to be prosecuted for allegedly defaming President Hakainde Hichilema. 
Nakacinda is also accused of expressing hatred against another tribe.
When the matter came up before magistrate Idah Phiri, a state prosecutor Michael Nundwe informed the court that he was in receipt of a consent from the DPP to allow Nakacinda take his plea.
But in response, the defence informed the court that they were not ready to proceed to trial because of the absence of the client in conduct of the matter and asked for an adjournment. 
Arising from that, the court granted the defence their application for an adjournment with the matter coming up on March 6, 2023. Last year, police charged and arrested Mr. Nakacinda with an offence of defamation and another one of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt contrary to Section 70(1) of the Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
His arrest follows a complaint from a member of the public, Bruce Kanema. He said Mr. Nakacinda alleged to have defamed President Hakainde Hichilema in a video widely circulated on social media.
“This is in connection to a matter where we received a complaint from Bruce Kanema against him on allegations that he promoted hate speech against the Tonga speaking people and is further alleged to have defamed the Republican President in a video that has been widely circulated,’’ Mr. Hamoonga said.

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