Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda after a Court Appearance
Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda after a Court Appearance

The Director of Public Prosecutions Lillian Shawa Siyunyi has entered a nolle prosequi in the case where President Edgar Lungu’s spokesperson Amos Chanda and Daily Nation Newspaper owner Richard Sakala were facing contempt of court charges.

Mr. Chanda, Mr. Sakala are scheduled to appear before Magistrate Felix Kaoma at 12:00 hours today in a matter where UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema applied to cite them for contempt.

Mr. Chanda is accused of making prejudicial remarks on Aljazeera TV regarding a matter which was actively before court published in the Daily Nation Newspaper.

But the DPP has this morning signed a nolle prosequi, discontinuing the case.

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53 COMMENTS

    • Mwana wa ba Kulu. He had Palibe khantu under his tongue. He’s teflon now.

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    • Breakdown of justice. Another system is existing for the ruled and the Amos Chanfa of this world who are above the law for now.

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    • Everyone saw this one coming…that’s the reason she jumped on it. Now again the taxpayers will have pay HH’s legal fees in this one!!

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    • We thought Lilian will be as professional as Linda, kanshi tuma mini-skirt for blinding. If women get intimidated by empty word of “…will be a dictator”, what more male nurses?

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    • Now someone will be moved to Mukobeko as this was the main issue for the ruling that because he has some other cases he mustn’t be moved to mukobeko. Boma te munobe

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    • The truth about the so-called contempt case against Amos Chanda and Richard Sakala is that HH’s 10 to 12 lawyer omitted to have the duo served with summons. They are just busy chewing HH’s money, at least according to the latest report by TUMFWEKO.

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    • The powers of the DPP need to be brought before the Constitutional Court. We can’t have them taking over cases and then abandoning them immediately. That’s against the rights of the aggrieved. It’s just not right. Where’s the rule of law?

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    • The contempt is not a contempt of HH, but a contempt of Court an institution which deserves respect by anyone who claims to be law abiding. So why would any normal person who swore to uphold the constitution, just hijack the court proceedings and bring the matter to its end before it begins? If this is not abuse of the judicial system, what is it? Not long ago, some dogs were crying for Nchito’s blood when he entered his own nolle, why can’t the separation of power between the so called executive and the Judiciary not be made clear under this illegal rule?
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  1. This is a wonderful thing to do. To be honest, let us not lose are precious time hearing this useless charge. We salute you madam DPP for your wise action, this is how it goes.

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  2. Can she also discontinue the Treason case? We need to move on and not let Lungu punish the innocent

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    • Xif there’s a case deserving a nolle prose qui it is the refusal to give way to the president the DPP can clearly see that didn’t constitute treason

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  3. But in whose interest is the nolle being entered? Anyhow, to expect justice in the current environment is akin to expecting organic molecules to from a reaction between say water and nitrogen gas. It ain’t gonna happen. Travesty of justice, yes.

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  4. This rotten our court system has become. As long as you support PF your are a free Man. Its ashame we supported such leaders.

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    • In the first place, DPP represents the state. Those sued were not a state but individuals. It is abuse of authority for DPP to represent individuals using tax-payers ‘ money. She did not need to do that. Bcoz of that, what ever comes after is not justice at all. Sad. Nafwebashaishiba law twamona! Ifi, fyakuifwaila.

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  5. I need to consult Legal gurus why most legal minds sacrifice their morals when they see money. Only God knows how much Chagwa and team have spent to date corrupting our Judicial system. There is no hope for this country. Nothing works any more. Better to live in the midst of a jungle than to subject self and children to such a toxic atmosphere, lest you start accepting the abnormal as the normal! Shame!

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  6. shameless woman..what kind of mothers do we have in Zambia..how does she enter a nolle before they are interrigated and enter into a plea,…?Zambia is lost..all are cursed coz of pf…

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  7. What a rotten country. If you are connected to power you can’t be prosecuted

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  8. And the DPP thinks he is doing his job yet he is a lapdog of authority

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  9. Taking legal action against the Presidential spokesman! It was nothing but a losing battle on the part of HH.He should not even waste his money on such things

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  10. If you remember very well Amos refused to comment that the case was in the Courts of law so which contempt is this?

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    • He should have made to answer that question in court and then acquitted. Nolle actually is not acquittal and means one can be arrested for the same charge. This just tarnishes the image of the DPP.

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    • And the EVIDENCE is plainly there on Al Jazeera for everyone to see!

      Total corruption and INjustice has overtaken Zambia. No wonder Lungu wanted to pull out of the ICC!

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  11. Remember that this is a nolle proseque, if I’m not mistaken the case can be opened again if for example UPND came to power

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  12. Strange , but not surprised by DPP’s action. She is doing a Mutembo’s nolle . Justice in Zambia….
    GOD bless us

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  13. UPNDonkey should not even complain afterall HH a.k.a Kaili 1 is on record saying ‘The Zambian Judiciary is corrupt and rotten’ So what do you expect from them after all the insults piled on them ?
    In Bemba we say ‘Tekwesha ukutaka ingwena lilya amatako yachili mumenshi”

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  14. not surprised at all,it was expected thats why she wanted to take over,the tension in this country is caused by the lack of respect for the rule of law by those in power…

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  15. Mutembo Nchito Mk II.

    This is total abuse of power on the part of the DPP. When we tell, Zambia is a failed state ruled by a dictator, you think we just hate PF government. Please tell this is morally, ethically or even legally right?

    I think cases of Contempt of court should not fall under the DPP jurisdiction. This should be the court prosecuting anyone who could even include the DPP (remember even the DPP can commit and be sighted for contempt of court).

    Also the DPP shouldn’t have the power to prosecute, or stop a court case brought up by a private citizen who is willing to sponsor their own prosecution.

    All in all, this is a [email protected] of justice. I thought this kind of criminality ended with the MMD and Sata regimes. Failed state ruled by a dictator indeed!

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  16. That is the reason why we must have judges and the DPP scrutinised before they are let loose to carry their duty. A lot of these judges and DPPs are scared of politician’s big hairy bollocks because they are just appointed.

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  17. This the problem in Zambia because the system thinks we are so stupid as NOT to know what’s going on. Why should such nonsense be tolerated? Whether you work in state house or not , the law should be the same to every citizen…………in a democracy that is!!!!!

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  18. Now that he has declared a state of emergency, just let his supporters watch this space with the beast they have created coming back to devour them one by one. HH and UPND could be no more soon if they don’t go underground and take up arms against this dictatorship & the onus is on us Zambians to unite and use all means necessary to flush this clueless drunk bum Lungu down the gutter where he dwells.

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  19. Classical example of abuse of office. It is now evident that courts and prisons in Zambia are for the poor, opposition and the underprivileged.

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  20. User friendly DPP, Promoting Judicial Apartheid or are some animals more equal than others.

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  21. remember that these cases are not dying but being burried alive and will be brought to life in feature.

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  22. Richard Sakala must be very happy he is on the right side. Last time he was on the wrong side

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  23. After a nolle has been entered in the Criminal matter take the civil route and Sue the fools for defamation for any accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.Regardless of the out come in the Criminal case HH is facing he may still succeed in the civil suit against the fools.

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