Retired commando in court for defamation of Lungu

By Staff Reporter

A retired Zambia Army officer  from Ndola Commando has been taken to court for defamation of President Edgar Lungu for allegdely refering to him as an idiot.

Steven Mwepu 56 of house number 7209 Kabushi in Ndola has been dragged to court for calling President Lungu an idiot and a dog, contrary to section 69 of the penal code, chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia. Particulars of the matter are that, Mwepu on 6th September, 2018 in Ndola with intent to bring the name of the President into hatred, ridicule or contempt did utter defamatory words that ‘President Edgar Lungu is an idiot and a dog’.

Mwapeu has since denied the charge and is on Police bond. The matter  before Magistrate Changa Chitabo came up for tril on Monday morning but court was informed that the magistrate was unwell.

The matter has since been adjourned to 14th Februaary, 2019 for commencement of trial.