Lukuku asks court for time to engage lawyer
By Staff Reporter
Republican Progressive Party president James Lukuku has asked the court to give him enough time to conclude negotiations with a lawyer to represent him in a case he is charged with two counts of sedition and expressing hatred or contempt against Chinese nationals due to their race.
When he appeared before Lusaka chief resident magistrate Lameck Mwale today for commencement of trial, Lukuku applied for an adjournment because he needed time to engage a lawyer looking at the magnitude of the case.
He said he has not yet concluded negotiations with counsel Nicolas Chanda, adding that he was also in the process of seeking legal representation from Hobday Kabwe and Company.
Mwale wondered why Lukuku had not yet found a lawyer when the matter has already been brought to court.
The State said they were ready to proceed with a witness a PF supporter, Ibrahim Mwamba lined up.
The court adjourned the case to June 28 for trial.
It is alleged that Lukuku between 1 and 5 November, 2018 uttered a seditious speech titled Kitwe riots against China are welcome, let us multiply these riots a million fold, a statement that was circulated to five WhatsApp groups.
Count two alleges that Lukuku in his statement expressed and showed hatred for Chinese nationals because of their race, place of origin when he allegedly called for people to protest against them.