Chipata TV editor gets nolle in seditious practice case

Chipata TV editor gets nolle in seditious practice case

By Abawelo Zulu

THE Chipata Magistrates’ Court on Friday released Chipata TV news editor Iris Mwale through a nolle prosequi in a case of seditious
practices where she was jointly charged with a UPND official Michael Chuzu.

Chuzu and Mwale were jointly charged with seditious practices contrary to section 57(1)(b) of the penal code chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

It was alleged that on September 26, 2016 in Chipata, the duo jointly and whilst acting together with intent to raise discontent among Zambians, uttered and published a seditious article that the UPND did not recognise President Edgar Lungu as duly elected.

When the case came up for mention on Friday, the state informed the court that they had received instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

After going through the instructions, magistrate Philip Mpundu entered a nolle prosequi as regards to Mwale and said the DPP had given consent to prosecute Chuzu, who is UPND deputy national chairperson for youth and sport.

Magistrate Mpundu adjourned the matter to February 6 and March 6 for mention and March 28 for commencement of trial.
In a short interview after her release, Mwale said she expected the outcome.

“There is nothing wrong that I did, I was just doing my work so I expected this,” said Mwale.