RB sues M’membe for contempt

Former President Rupiah Banda has filed 19 criminal contempt charges against  Post Newspaper owner Fred M’membe who has been accused of slandering and convicting the former president through his editorials.

President Banda has complained that the editorials were intended to influence and thereby prejudice the current procedings.

In a complaint submitted to court on 25th April 2014 and subsequently reduced to 19 criminal charges, Mr M’membe together with his newspaper, the Post have been charged with contempt for writing defamatory and contemptuous editorials in total disregard of court proceedings which president Banda firmly believes was meant to influence the court process.

The complaint has been lodged at the Lusaka Magistrate Court where it has now been allocated.

Mr M’membe and the Post Newspaper have been dragged to court by president Banda for maliciously insinuating that that the former head of state was corrupt in their editorials, whose contents were prejudicial to the court proceedings.

President Banda has complained that the duo jointly and while acting together did write contemptuous editorials while a judicial proceeding involving the former head of state was pending.

In the first count, Mr M’membe and the Post Newspaper are said to have caused the publication of an editorial comment entitled ‘What is Rupiah afriad of’ whose contents were prejudicial or capable of prejudicing president Banda who was an accused in the proceedings.

President Banda complained that the publication was calculated to lower the authority of the court before whom the former Head of State court proceedings were taking place.

In the second account, Mr M’membe and the Post Newspaper are said to have caused the publication of a contemptuous editorial comment entitled ‘Hakainde is nothing but a defender of corruption’ whose contents were prejudicial.

Mr M’membe and the Post Newspaper in the third count are said to have caused the publication of an editorial comment entitled ‘Some people forget early’ in which the duo accused president Banda of being a corrupt man.

In the fourth and fifth counts, the duo jointly and whilst acting together caused the publication of editorial comments entitled ‘Why are you defending Rupiah’s corruption?’ and ‘Why is MMD defending corruption?’ whose contents were prejudicial against and capable of prejudicing president Banda and which publication were calculated to lower the authority of the court before which the former head of state court proceedings were taking place.

Mr M’membe and the Post Newspaper in the sixth, seventh and eighth counts are said to have caused the publication of editorial comments entitled ‘Opposition and the corruption fight’, Rupiah’s vulgar language’ and ‘Nevers failures and his removal’ whose contents were also prejudicial against the former president.

President Banda has also complained  that Mr M’membe and the Post Newspapers jointly and whilst acting together in counts nine, ten, eleven, twelve and thirteen ensured editorials entitled ‘Corrupt politicians shouldn’t stand’, ‘Before things change, we must change’, ‘Stand up and detest acts of corruption’, ‘Mweetwa’s lonely, dangerous mission and ‘Sata’s lone voice on corruption’ respectively were published against him whose contents he said were contemptuous and meant to lower the authority of the court before which the former head of state was appearing.

The duo jointly and while acting together also committed contempt when they knowingly caused the publication of editorial entitled ‘A lonely man’, ‘Siamunene and Hakainde’, ‘Rupiah and the MMD’s future’ which fall in counts fourteen, sixteen and seventeen, the editorial whose contents were not only contemptious but were capable of lowering the authority of the court before which president Banda was appearing.

In the last two counts, Mr M’membe and the Post Newspaper are said to have committed contempt after jointly and whilst acting together caused the publication of editorials entitled ‘What type of leaders do Zambians want?’ and ‘Character’ which were prejudicial to the former president court proceedings.

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2 Responses to “RB sues M’membe for contempt”

  1. gkc says:

    The going of RB to court its ttotaly political move just has it happened on the late former president master dribler Fredrick t chiluba, nd government spent a lot of mon.ey over the same useless personnal political matters. The cartel of zambia is fred membe, whyter kabimba nd nchito nd others etc. so its not a surprise to see such kind oc behaviour happening, dedspite our courfts ar also very stgeady even though they ar dragged left nd right by highly positioned leaders in political circles. RB is very innocent nd courts will prove him right, lets waite nd see bcos this issue is before the Honorable courts so we can not keep on discussing it.gkc

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