The former minister of information and broadcasting Lt Gen Ronnie Shikapwasha, his former permanent secretary Dr Sam Phiri and freelance journalist Chanda Chimba III have pleaded not guilty to charges of abuse of office and illegal publication of a newspaper.
Lt Gen Shikapwasha and Phiri are charged with abuse of authority of office for arbitrarily directing the broadcasting of Chanda Chimba’s ‘Stand up for Zambia’ documentaries.
Chimba is also charged with possession of property suspected to be proceeds of a crime for allegedly possessing an accumulated total K611, 440,433.12 which he paid for his private media and printing services to ZNBC, Muvi television and the Zambia Daily Mail, respectively.
The trio pleaded not guilty to six counts before magistrate Ketrine Walubita.
And Magistrate Walubita dismissed Chimba’s application to be tried alone on grounds that he would be prejudiced if he was tried together with Lt Gen Shikapwasha and Dr Phiri.