Hichilema Refuses To Take Plea In Defamation Case

United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema today refused to take plea in a defamation case against President Michael Sata because the charge he was slapped with had been changed since his arrest.

Defence lawyer Sakwiba Sikota told the court that the defence team needed more time to study the case and take further instructions from the their client over the matter because the State had changed the indictment.

In his application, Sikota asked the court to adjourn the matter as the charges levelled against his client at the court and those he was charged with when he was arrested at woodlands police station were different.

This prompted Judge Boniface Mwiinga to adjourn the case to the 28th of January for plea in order to allow the defence team study the matter as requested.