Tayali survives bench warrant

By Staff Reporter

 

ECONOMIC and Equity Party president Chilufya Tayali was today (Friday) given a benefit of doubt over the execution of a bench warrant for absconding court in a case in which he is facing seven counts of contempt of court and defamation.

 

The lawyers representing complainant Edward Sichali wanted magistrate Sylvia Munyinya to issue a bench warrant against Tayali but she declined and gave him a benefit of doubt and adjourned the case to March 4 for hearing.

Sichai dragged Tayali to court in October last year for alleging that, “Hakainde Hichilema wants to infiltrate our minds to hate our government and raise against it. This is what he wants to do, and I will not stop talking about this”.

Tayali published the alleged statement on various media platforms including his Facebook page.

The EEP leader also alleged that Sichali and Hichilema were involved in organising riots at the University of Zambia which resulted in the death of a fourth year student Vespers Shimunzhila.

Tayali denied the charges.