Thursday, February 29, 2024

State enters a nolle prosequi in a case against a Police Officer for inciting mutiny


The Chinsali Magistrate Court in Muchinga Province has discontinued court proceedings against Jason Chipepo, a police officer who was charged with one count of seditious practice contrary to sections 57 (1) of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

The State informed Senior Chinsali Resident Magistrate Julius Malata, when the case came up for trial yesterday that the State has entered a nolle prosequi.

Chipepo was facing one count of the offence of inciting mutiny, contrary to section 48 (a) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

Acting Deputy Chief State Advocate, Oberty Siankanga said particulars of the offence were that on the 16th Day of July, 2020 in Chinsali district of Muchinga Province, Chipepo did utter a seditious post on social media using the facebook and youtube platforms.

Mr Siankanga charged that the seditious post was allegedly aimed at seducing other officers in the Defense Force or any member of the Police Service from their duties and allegiance to the President.

He further mentioned that the court on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions has entered into a Nolle Prosequi.

“I Oberty Siankanga, Acting Deputy Chief State Advocate on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions for the republic of Zambia pursuant to the powers vested in me by Sections 81 and 82 of the criminal code authorize the entry on record of proceedings that proceedings are discontinued against the accused person,” he declared.


  1. Deja Vu – Go and read the article twice or even three times surely can you send such a weak case to court …this is for ZP command to handle as a disciplinary matter

  2. Anyone that disagreed with PF was charged with treason, or something.

    Zambia is now in a much better place.

    It will be an even better place once all the crooks of previous regime are caged.

  3. Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    Rather than “Nolle Prosequi” which is not a full acquittal, we should be fully exonerating these political victims and compensating them too. Fully acquitt the person not Nolle.

  4. #2 Tarino yes the article can try to make it look like the case can’t continue etc but that’s what lawyers are good at. Sedition is a serious case it doesn’t matter whether you did it in the previous government. Remember how the MMD hero worshipped Mwamba Luchembe? The same thing happened to them in 1996 courtesy Captain Solo. This case should have been concluded so that the is either found guilty or innocent. That’s my opinion.

  5. Mr. Jason Chipepo was right because things generally had gotten out of hand. I hope the current Police will motivate the officers so that the Jason Chipepo issue should not arise in the near future.

  6. If you listen to that video on the resignation of this gentleman from the police, you really start to believe there is enough genuine citizens in this country to take it forward. And definitely on nolle prosequi, this one case where it used as it was intended.
    I hope the UPND govt can look at this gentleman to give him something to appreciate his sacrifices, as well as something in which he can channel his positivity and courage to contribute to the well being of the country!!

  7. No! The nolle was misplaced and dangerous! There’s a story of GRZ minister who shouted ” We don’t need traffic lights here on Chilimbulu road!” …until a careless driver just drove without caution and hit the Minister’s relative! The moral is, ‘beware of doing things just to suit the moment’s feelings to fit ‘bwana anikonde”

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