Shikapwasha verdict put off

JUDGMENT in a matter in which former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Ronnie Shikapwasha and his permanent secretary Sam Phiri are jointly charged with abuse of authority of office has failed to take off in the Lusaka Magistrates Court.

Judgment was adjourned to September 5 due to the absence of the trial court, Ndola Magistrate Obister Musukwa.

In this matter, Lt. Gen. Shikapwasha and Dr Phiri are in count one facing a charge of abuse of authority of office by directing ZNBC to broadcast certain political episodes on television 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.

They are in another count jointly charged with an offence 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, to warrant the court to place them on their defence.

Lt. Gen. Shikapwasha and Dr Phiri  are also jointly charged with freelance journalist Chanda Chimba the 111 with an offence 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

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