The Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has advised Equity for Economic Progress Party Leader Chilufya Tayali to desist from posting running commentaries on social media in relation to matters that are before the court.
But Tayali has vowed not to stop posting running commentaries on social media as they were part of his political discourse.
Tayali is facing seven counts of contempt of court against a Lusaka citizen Edward Sichali who is also a University of Zambia student whom he allegedly accused of having been sponsored by UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema to hold a protest at the University of Zambia which saw the death of a fourth year Education Student Vespers Shimuzhila.
The EEP leader has since retained legal representation after having sought an adjournment last week.
He is being represented by Jonas Zimba of Messrs Makebi Zulu.
Sichali’s lawyers had objected to the application for an adjournment by Tayali on account that the defendant had also caused the last adjournment.
“We are advised by our client that the accused person has taken to social media his running commentaries in relation to this matter, we are asking the court to advise the accused to desist from running commentaries if not we will appeal to summon him and show cause why he should not be held accountable for his actions,” said Haimbe one of the plaintiff’s lawyers.
In ruling Magistrate Sylvia Munyinya cautioned Tayali against possible contempt if he continued his postings.
The matter has since been adjourned to February 15.