Pilato being whisked away after court adjourned
Pilato being whisked away after court adjourned

The case in which controversial musician Fumba Chama popularly known as Pilato is facing one count of conduct likely to cause breach of peace failed to take off this morning.

This is in a case where Pilato in accused of producing a song titled A Lungu Anabwera which is said to have angered some supporters of President Edgar Lungu.Trial in the matter could not proceed this morning after the state applied for an adjournment because it failed to produce witnesses before court.

Defence lawyer Marshall Muchende however strongly objected to the adjournment saying the state had been given enough time to bring witnesses before the court.Mr. Muchende argued that his client resides on the Copperbelt and will suffer unnecessary costs if the case is adjourned.

Mr. Muchende submitted that delays to bring witnesses before court was a sign that the state had developed cold feet.

Magistrate Aridah Chulu has since adjourned the matter to 13th July 2015 for continued trial.The state committed to bringing 10 witnesses in the matter.
A few of Pilato’s fans and some Freedom of Expression supporters were in court to follow proceedings

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Just wasting court time why even arrest him in the first place? Police are very dull in Zambia because you knew this case will never go anywhere but just embarrass you and your head of state.

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    • we know already that this case was closed immediately this guy was released. The witnesses chewed something from the likes of GBM and HH. bravo….!!!!!!!

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    • Waste of resources and time. The guilty are afraid. If Lungu is a true leader let him take this as a joke.. Come on?? Zambians where is our sense of humor.
      I see this as reactiveness from kambwili because he is so dull and cannot just think.

      Leave Pilato alone and sort out the mealie meal / fuel cost crisis. PF is the most useless leadership ever.

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  2. Uyumulandu takuli uko uleya….. this is petty. We have real issues at hand not this case. We have issues like high cost of living, inkongole, unemployment etc….

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  3. we know already that this case was closed immediately this guy was released. The witnesses chewed something from the likes of GBM and HH. bravo….

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  4. ALUNGU wanted to use this as a way of asserting his authority but this is proving to have the negative effect. Lungu will never be accepted as the real deal. He’s a chancerx and chancers like he and RB can never appeal no matter what. ALUNGU in his case the effects will be unpleasant because he would face the music alone. All the criminals crowding him will scamper when the time comes.

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  5. I fail to understand how people fail to see how government machinery works. At the end this poor boy you are not feeling sorry for will not even have a home to return to. Even HH will not help him. If Zambian concentrated on hard work improving their lives, this country will be well to do. All I see is lazy exploited people waiting for a greedy man to come rescue them.

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  6. Thats part of the ploy. By the time government machinery is done with Pilato, he will be crawling and begging for forginess, ninshibaleloleshafye! Even the party cadre lawyers shielding him will be exhausted and he will start dipping in his pockets until he eventually starts committing contempt of court for non appearance then slapped with some other cases which will be tried separately and further drain him. Let the Youths not be drawn into political brawls otherwise the injuries are on you, despite assurances!

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  7. That is why the court case is in Lsk! Instead of making hay while the sun shines, he will be making costly silly trips to Lusaka from the Copperbelt! Spending time away from the family until someone starts shagging his wife!Poor chap, kukosafye!

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  8. Lungu is so INDECISIVE. HENCE THE FREE FALL OF EMBERASSMENT TO HIS ADMINISTRATION. THIS KIND OF CIRCUS SHOULD BE DONE IN THE NAME OF THE PRESIDENT. SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP SOME ONE NEEDS TO BE FIRED TODAY. KNOWING THE HIGH PROFILE NATURE OF THIS CASE AND INVOLVING HIS NAME HOW COULD THE PROSECUTION NOT BE READY. HALF AN HOUR AFTER THIS ADJOURNED THE IG AND ALL HER SUBORDINATES INVOLVED SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUMMONED TO PLOT 1 AND SOMEONE SHOULD BE GETTING FIRED. THE WHOLE WORLD IS LOOKING AT THIS CASE AND THAT’S THE BEST THE PROSECUTION COULD DO? KEKEKEKEKE. PRESIDENT IS TOO SCARED TO ACT. KAINGU NO ACTIONNN CHAMA NO ACTION NOW THIS? KEKEKEKE

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  9. lungu has nothing to do with the court case of pilato. Pilatp insulted the presidency which is protected by law and it is that same law he has to dance to. He sang what he thought was a hit but turned out to be a boomerang. Next time use metaphoric language or wait for the law that protects the presidency to be scrapped to release a hit song.
    People who are blindly supporting pilato don’t understand how much problems you are putting him into.

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    • If ALUNGU has nothing to with this case then the Chawama PF cadres operating at STATE HOUSE have something to do with it

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    • Iwe Spongy Bob you are supposed to be fighting the stoopid law because it is not supposed to be there. Democracies dont have such laws. Pilato is fighting that law by ignoring it. The battle doesnt need people who attack the soldiers like you are doing. It needs solidarity

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    • Born as coward, live as beggar, you will die as 1mbecile.
      Great life time achievements Bob. Any more back-side to lick?

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    • The police failed to find the song insulting. The charge they was gave him was something else. Are you following the case?

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  10. PILATO is innocent! Lungu is guilty of harrassing a poor musician using state machinery and defeating freedom of speech

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  11. A case of trying to kill a kanyelele using a grenade. From time immemorial, people have been putting into song various transgressions committed by the high and mighty, nothing strange there. This case will not go anywhere. However, the people championing the persecution of Pilato need to be careful and should not be too overzealous. A kanyelele can bring a mighty elephant to its knees.

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  12. first of all am sorry to say that zambian police are dandahead..Who came to report that PILATO has done wrong for you to arrest him??and why is he not standing in court with the one he offended??why waiting for fake witnesses for the government.I agree with PILATO because lungu has done completely nothing in chawama and to make the matters worse he is geting too closer with the MMD thieves even giving the high post in the part,while there are some people who started the PF PART but have been left along..LET PILATO GO YOU ARE JUST WAISTING TIME..#LEAVE PILATO ALONG CAMPAIGM…KOPALA SWAG 4 EVER.

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  13. Ask your new PF cadre Frank Bwalya, he called Sata Chumbu Munshololwa, he was taken to court and where did it end? Waste of time and resources leave the young man alone.

    The case was in Kasama but Frank was in Lusaka but never had any problem attending cases all the way to Kasama which has a length distance than Lusaka and Kitwe. He managed to survive and today he is a member of the very PF he offended. So you are wasting your time to think that Pilato will be broke because of commuting between Kitwe and Lusaka.

    Some of us are already contributing to his transport costs to attend cases in Lusaka. Some of you are just cowards who fear to speak out the truth.

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  14. for Pilate to compose that song, he is not alone,there big Lipo behind.I you talk too much you can be in for it and Pilate remain peaceful.Don’t follow things blindly.

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  15. Freedom of expression is good for everyone regardless of standing in society but this freedom of expression ends where the nose of your neigbour starts. Having listened to the video it is difficulty to see how or were pilato’s nose ends as it protrudes right into someones nose. If he was mentally disturbed he would be forgiven. If he wanted his song to be satirical he should have done better than that.

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