Freelance Journalist Chanda Chimba III has been sentenced to two years in prison for producing the controversial Stand up for Zambia series on ZNBC.
Mr. Chimba has also being fined 500 Kwacha each in default 6 months for count 3 and 4 in which he has been convicted for not registering his business and failure to register his publication at the National Archives.
He has also been convicted for disposing off property reasonably suspected to have been obtained from unlawful sources.
In his mitigation, Mr. Chimba asked the court to exercise maximum leniency as he was the 1st offender and was remorseful for his involvement in the saga.
He asked the court to take into consideration that he has a very serious illness which is stage 4 prostate cancer that is in its highest level entailing that he has to go to the Cancer Diseases Hospital for medication.
Mr. Chimba through his lawyer further asked the court to take into account that he is a family man, married with 5 children, two are in university while the other three are in primary school.
He also told the court that he is also a breadwinner taking care of his ailing mother.
But Ndola Principal Resident Magistrate Obbyster Musukwa sitting in Lusaka however said he took note of his mitigation for the court to consider his illness but that Mr. Chimba failed to present his medical report before the court.
Yesterday, Lusaka Magistrate Court acquitted Former Minister of Information Ronnie Shikapwasha.
Shikapwasha was charged together with freelance Chanda Chimba and former Permanent Secretary, Dr Sam Phiri.
The trio were found with a case to answer in June 2016 on charges of abuse of authority, unlawful publication and possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.