THE Lusaka Magistrates Court has set April 29 for ruling on whether former minister of Information and Broadcasting Ronny Shikapwasha and his permanent secretary Sam Phiri would be found with a case to answer in a matter in when they are jointly charged with abuse of authority of their offices.
The date was set by magistrate Obister Musukwa after the State closed its case with the last witness on stand, Sub-Chief Inspector Peter Bwalya of Zambia Police who was the arresting officer in the case.
Shikapwasha and Dr Phiri are in count one facing a charge of abuse of authority of office by directing ZNBC to broadcast episodes against professional advice and another count of abuse of authority of office by committing the Government to pay legal fees and liabilities for the same documentary.
Freelance journalist Chanda Chimba 111 is facing one count of being in possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime worth K611,440,433 and two counts of unlawful printing and publication of two publications, namely Stand up for Zambia and News of our Times.
Magistrate Musukwa adjourned the matter and asked the defence and the State to submit their submissions on or before April 29.