Activists Laura Miti along with musician Pilato and four other protestors have been acquitted by the Lusaka Magistrate Court.
In September 2017,police in Lusaka arrested Alliance for Community Action Director Laura Miti, opposition PeP president Sean Tembo, singer Pilato and other protesters who had gathered to protest against the procurement of 42 fire tenders.
They were apprehended and arrested for demanding answers over the 42 fire tenders that cost US$42 million at Parliament.
Upon arrest the protestors lamented that in a functioning democracy, no one should and would be arrested for demanding answers from those entrusted with governing our resources.
They were charged with the offence of “disobeying lawful orders” contrary to clause 127 Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
However, Magistrate Mwaka Mikalile ruled that citizens have the right to assemble.Magistrate Mikalile stated that the Police must not prevent the citizens unlawfully.