Controversial musician Pilato has pleaded not guilty on charges of conduct likely to cause the breach of peace. In his latest song ‘ALungu Anabwela’,Chama Fumba, popularly known as Pilato, mocks a man named Lungu ,whom the lyrics say has no ideas but carries a suitcase full of bottles of whisky.Police arrested the musician yesterday with the charge of conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
Appearing before Magistrate Aridah Chulu, Pilato denied the charge and was granted a K1, 000 bail with two working sureties.
How will you know that you have a listening government if the government doesn’t allow you to talk? – Pilato
Trial commences on June 24th 2015.A handful of Pilato fans and some musicians gathered at the Magistrate Court to offer solidarity to the Copperbelt based musician.Meanwhile, renowned Reggae artist Maiko Zulu has donated K500 towards Pilato’s bail.
In reaction to his arrest MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale said Freedom of Expression is a fundamental right to be enjoyed by all citizens regardless of their background and political orientation as provided for under the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which Zambia ratified.