A witness told the Lusaka Magistrate Court that K128m was paid by Chanda Chimba III for airing of Stand Up for Zambia programmes on Muvi television Station.
MUVI TV, Security Manager, Allan Mulenga, 50,a Livingstone resident said the 16 episodes of stand up for Zambia programmes were aired on the private TV station after they were paid for by the Chanda Chimba III.
He testified that he was on August 15, 2012 he was visited by officers from task force on corruption who wanted to find out how many programmes for stand up Zambia were aired on MUVI TV and how much was paid for airing of the programmes.
Mr. Mulenga said 16 episodes were paid for by Chanda Chimba III and that K8m was paid per programme.
When asked what was the mode of payments that was made for the programmes, the witness said that the payments were paid in cash.
This was in a case in which General Ronnie Shikapwasha a politician, is jointly charged with his former Information Permanent Secretary Dr. Sam Phiri and Freelance Journalist Chanda Chimba III are charged with abuse of authority of office contrary to Section 99 (1) of the Penal Code
Chapter 87 of the Laws the laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that on dates unknown but between October 1 and November 31, 2010 Lt Gen Shikapwasha and Dr Phiri, jointly and whilst acting together, arbitrarily and in disregard of defamation laws and ZNBC editorial policy directed ZNBC management to broadcast Chanda Chimba’s documentary namely, Stand Up for Zambia, an act prejudicial to the rights and interests of ZNBC, a public body.
Principle Magistrate Obbister Musukwa has since adjourned the matter to tomorrow, July 22, 2014 for continuation of trial.