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Journalist Chanda Chimba III Appeals Conviction

Chanda Chimba III at woodlands policeFreelance journalist Chanda Chimba III is set to appeal against his conviction by the Lusaka magistrate.

The Lusaka Magistrate court convicted Chimba III for his role in the production of the Stand Up for Zambia documentaries.

Chimba’s co-accused former Information Minister Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha and former Information Permanent Secretary Sam Phiri have been acquitted.

Shikapwasha and Phiri were arrested on 2 counts of Abuse of Authority of Office Contrary to Section 99(1) of the Penal Code CAP 87 of the laws of Zambia.

Chimba was slapped with 2 counts of unlawful printing and publication Contrary to Section 5 (1)(2) of chapter 161 of the Laws of Zambia, and Possession of Property suspected of being proceeds of a crime Contrary to Section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No 19 of 2010.

The charge on Shikapwasha was that being a person employed in the public service as Minster in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting services arbitrarily and in disregard of defamation laws and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) editorial policy did direct board and management to air the ‘Stand up for Zambia’ documentaries an act prejudicial to the rights and interest of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation a public body.

Shikapwasha arbitrarily and in disregard to Professional Legal Advice not to broadcast “Stand up for Zambia” committed the Government to pay all liabilities and legal fees emanating from the broadcast of the said program an act prejudicial to the rights and interest of ZNBC and the Government of Zambia.

Chimba has been remanded in custody awaiting sentencing. Magistrate Obbister Musukwa found Chimba guilty but acquitted the two on grounds that the prosecution did not find them guilty of having issued directives to have the program aired.

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