Chanda Chimba Refuses to Get Laptop from Police

Chanda Chimba III at woodlands policeFreelance journalist Chanda Chimba III has refused to get his laptop back from the Patriotic Front controlled Government Joint Investigating Team.

The GJI otherwise known as the Task Force has offered to give Chimba his laptop which was confiscated five months ago when they searched his residence.

Sources in the investigative team disclosed that Chimba was refusing to get his laptop back.

One sources said nothing incriminating was found on Chimba’s laptop after its pass word was over-riden.

“We opened the laptop and got what we wanted but there is nothing incriminating so we want to give it back to Mr. Chimba,” the source said.

On August 8, 2012 the task force team searched Chimba’s residence with a warrant looking for illegal firearms and offensive weapons including AK47 rifles. The search yielded nothing of the sort but a Toshiba laptop computer was seized.

Another source in the investigative wings say Chimba’s laptop had been compromised by the Zambian Intelligence such that if he got it back, whatever he does using the laptop will be tapped.

“We suspect some people have told him the laptop is compromised and he fears if he got it back, he will be fixed,” the source said.

“Under normal circumstances, we were supposed to open the laptop in his presence and that of the lawyer,” the source said.

Chimba was arrested on Wednesday together with former information minister Ronnie Shikapwasha, journalists Davis Mataka and media consultant Ngande Mwananjiti for publishing articles critical of then opposition leader Michael Sata in the run up to the 2011 elections.

Chanda Chimba III is facing two counts of unlawful printing and publication contrary to section 5 (1) of chapter 161 of the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offences are that between June 9 and July 28, 2011 and August 25 and September 26, 2011 respectively, Chanda Chimba III unlawfully did cause to be printed or published a newspaper “Stand up for Zambia” which was not registered at the office of the Director of National Achieves of Zambia.

It is further alleged that Chanda Chimba III unlawfully published a newspaper “News of our Times” which was not registered at the office of the Director of National Achieves of Zambia.

In the last count, Chanda Chimba III is charged with an offence of possession of property suspected to be proceeds of a crime contrary to section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds and Crime Act No. 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.


  1. dorothy

    leave our prophet alone and very good for not accepting chi compromised laptop

  2. Rabid Dog

    Good Prophet Chanda Chimba, III you get the laptop and that will be the end of you. Let them go and give it to their commander in chief Sata.

  3. wajimona

    Dont get that laptop,it will explode in your face.

  4. Chochise

    Bafikala kanshi finshi mulafwaya ukucita kuli Chanda wesu kanshi?

  5. Chochise

    It is clear they know they do not have any case on Chanda that is why they want him to have the laptop back so they may frame him even for treason. Chanda don’t get the laptop. Like Rabid Dog says they can go and give it to Sata their commander -in-chief so he can use it.

  6. You Me and He

    Don’t Chanda, don’t we still love you.

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  8. Mphangwe

    Chimba III should NOT accept to get back his laptop that has been doctored to incriminate him on serious imaginary offences. There are many Zambians in this country and abroad who can help facilitate the purchase of a better laptop for Chanda Chimba III. He is our hero in truthful journalism. What he profesized is now being realised. May God Bless ALL our fine journalists.

  9. Tembwe

    Joshua 1:9. “This is my command -be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” You told the truth yet Zambian ignored and they are paying dearly for that mistake. The govt have realised this has come to pass and people are holding as a hero or true prophet hence govt harassing you. Even if they manage to send you to jail you will remain a hero to me and many others who believe in truth and not deceit and lies. They are feeling the heat but you will have run your race.

  10. CNP-4U

    Chanda the man of the moment..we are with you..don’t get it back!!

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