Teacher 27, goes in 2 yrs for defamation of Lungu

By Staff Reporter

 

THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court yesterday sentenced a 27-year-old teacher of Msolo in Samfya district of Luapula Province to two years imprisonment for defaming President Edgar Lungu.

Magistrate Munyinya jailed Enockson Banda who pleaded guilty to two counts of defamation of the President.

He committed the offences between April 1, 2018 and June 30,

2018 in Lusaka with intent to bring the name of the President into

ridicule.

He was during the same period found in possession of obscene materials, a charge he admitted.

Banda had earlier pleaded not guilty but later took a fresh plea and admitted the charges.

Magistrate Munyinya convicted Banda after he admitted that the facts of the matter presented in court were true and correct.

She jailed him two years each in the first count and second count respectively and slapped him with a fine of K4,500 for being in possession of obscene materials which were likely to corrupt morals in default serve four months simple imprisonment.

The court said the sentences would run concurrently with effect from March 4.

Magistrate Munyinya heard from the facts presented that PF sympathiser Chanoda Ngwira on February 18, this year was going through his Facebook page when he came across the defamatory remarks by Banda against the President.

Ngwira reported the case to Lusaka police headquarters and investigations were instituted against Banda which led to his apprehension in Luanshya before he was brought to Lusaka and he denied committing the offences.

During the investigations, he was found in possession of obscene materials.

The State produced and tendered before court the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) report, and CDs.

Banda pleaded for leniency, saying he was a first offender who pleaded guilty.

He explained that he insulted the President due to frustrations as he was not employed by the government despite completing in 2014.