Post Journalists Arrested For Defaming Lungu

Post Journalists Arrested For Defaming Lungu

Post Newspapers Managing Editor Joan Chirwa-Ngoma and Reporter Mukosha Funga have been arrested and charged with the offence of defamation of the President.

The duo was arrested and jointly charged this morning with 4th Revolution Party leader Eric Chanda over alleged defamation of the President.

They were detained briefly and later released on a K20,000 bail each in their own recognisance.

This was after Police issued fresh summons for Chirwa, Funga and Deputy Managing Editor Joseph Mwenda including Chanda to appear for interview at 09:00 hours today at Lusaka Central Police Station.

This was in connection with a story published by The Post on May 9, 2015, authored by Funga, where Chanda said “President Edgar Lungu should be the last person to warn his aides against clubbing because the first assignment he undertook after taking over office was to go to Mfuwe to socialise and play pool”.

Last week, police recorded warn and caution statements from Chirwa-Ngoma and Funga when the latter appeared for interviews.

Following Chanda’s arrest on March 21, police summoned Funga to appear for an interview, but the officers decided to also record warn and caution statements from Chirwa-Ngoma, who had accompanied her.

The Defamation of the President clause is contained in Section 69 of the Penal Code.
The maximum penalty under the law is three years and there is also a provision for fine.
But Fourth Revolution leader Erick Chanda said the arrest is the worst persecution of citizens by a sitting President.

He vowed that he will be silenced and that he is ready to go to jail for speaking on behalf of Zambians.

Source: Lusaka Times