FOURTH Revolution Party cadres yesterday caused a commotion at the Lusaka Magistrates Courts when they nearly fought each other after complaining that the money they were given for their transport back to their homes was inadequate.
This was shortly after party president Eric Chanda appeared before acting Chief Resident Magistrate Kenneth Mulife in a matter he is jointly charged with two Post Newspaper journalists for defamation of the President. Chanda is alleged to have caused the publication of a defamatory statement in the Post Newspaper ofMay 9, 2015, which said:
“President Lungu has no moral right to warn State House staff because the first assignment he undertook after his election was to go to Mfuwe to socialize, club and drink.’’
He said what the Patriotic Front party was doing was just a sample of what he would do if the Orange Party alliance took over government from the PF. When the matter came up yesterday, State prosecutor Sam Zulu made an application to substitute the indictment to add the two accused journalists – Mukosha Funga and Joan Chirwa.
Mr Mulife granted the application and read out the charge to the three accused persons who told the court that they understood the charge which was leveled against them.
However, the trio did not take plea because the alleged offence of defaming the President must be sanctioned by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Chanda told journalists outside court that he would not be intimidated by anyone and not even the prosecution.
He said whatever he was going through would come to pass because he believed justice would prevail in the matter.
They are expected to appear in court on May 17 for mention and possible plea.