Post Newspaper Managing Editor Fred M’membe this morning stunned the Lusaka Magistrate Court when he referred to the contempt charge leveled against him in court as foolish.
M’membe labeled the charges foolish to the surprise of Lusaka Magistrate Kenneth Mulife.
M’membe was asked by Magistrate Mulife if he understood the contempt charge after it was explained to him and he responded in the affirmative but called the charge foolish.
Magistrate Mulife admonished M’membe for his conduct and the Post Newspaper Chief was later forced apologized and he withdrew the remark.
M’membe and Rainbow Party President Wynter Kabimba later took plea for contempt and defamation charges before the court and denied the charge.
This is a matter in which M’membe, Kabimba and the Post Newspaper are accused of defaming former President Rupiah Banda in an article published on 13th February 2015, in the Post Newspapers on an on-going court case involving the former head of state.
By news time, Mr Kabimba, M’membe were still detained in the dock at the Lusaka Magistrate Court pending bail with two working sureties each bonded in the sum of K5000.
Magistrate Mulife has set 20th April 2015 for mention and 27th April 2015 for commencement of trial.