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Zambia Police Arrest and Charge Nakachinda for Defamation of the President.. Again

Feature Politics Zambia Police Arrest and Charge Nakachinda for Defamation of the President.. Again

Police in Lusaka have warned and cautioned PF Member of the Central Committee Raphael Nakachinda for the offences of Proposing violence and Defamation of the President.

Zambia police service spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has said that Mr. Nakachinda has since been detained in custody.

Mr. Hamoonmga said the alleged offences are in relation to utterances Mr. Nakacinda made during his campaign trail in Chilenje’s Mapoloto area between 6th to 12th January, 2022.

He said that this was contained in a recording which went viral on various social media, where he alleged that President Hakainde Hichilema and his foreign friends are planning to evict residents of Mapoloto and to build a shopping mall.

Mr. Hamoonga said in the same recording the accused is alleged to have used vulgar language against the Republican President.

This is the second time that Mr Nakachinda is being charged for defamation of the president after UPND youths reported him to Zambia Police last year for defaming President Hakainde Hichilema.

Mr Nakacinda has appeared in court since and pleaded not guilty to defaming President Hakainde Hichilema.

It was alleged that Nakacinda, 43, a businessman of Kafue district, on December 13, 2021 in Lusaka with intent to bring the name of President Hichilema into hatred, ridicule and contempt, did cause to be published defamatory matter by word of mouth, where he addressed people at the High Court of Zambia, which was also broadcasted by Muvi television that: “His Excellency President Hakainde Hichilema had summoned Judges at his private residence, intimidating and coercing them to frustrate PF legal battles.”

But Nakacinda denied committing the offence when he took a plea before Lusaka chief resident magistrate Dominic Makalicha.

Magistrate Makalicha recorded a plea of not guilty and adjourned the case to January 20, 2022, for commencement of trial.

Nakacinda is represented by lawyers Makebi Zulu and Jonas Zimba.

37 COMMENTS

  1. The UPND government is not only vengeful but also drunk while in control of the levers of power. Policy pronouncements about rule of law, due process and moderation are for PR purposes while actions point to a brutal regime. Instead of disseminating policy successes, the incompetent government arrests or detains a Zambian political operative every day!!

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    • The games Nakachinda used to play by defaming Nevers Mumba when he was destabilizing MMD, he thinks it is the same with defaming a head of state. If he has no offence the courts with clear him, let the due process take root and we will wait for the verdict

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    • What brutal regime naimwe, that is why the case has been to court, kuti kuja akakambe vi boza vake Nakachinda. Nobody is saying he is guilty, the court will decide. Did he not say the things he said, the fact is that he said them and they are on tape. Was he truthful by saying those things, court will say. So don’t panic

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  2. I thought those ridiculous charges were gone together with Lungu’s useless government!! When it comes to leadership, this country is cursed.

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  3. When you arrest these thugs please beat them so much so that they don’t miss the police cells. It’s like when they are in the police cells…someone is babysitting them.

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  4. PF is taunting UPND same way you were doing it when on the opposite side of government machinery. UPND is falling for it not realizing you are being distracted from doing what’s expected of you by Zambians. Unless you’re enjoying the distractions because you have no direction for Zambia, you will be fighting defamation cases till 2026.

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  5. flag 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)

    This where HH and UPND have grossly failed and disappointing me. This “defamation of the president” is an archaic ridiculous crime that should be dealt with in a civil justice system by the defamed in their personal capacity. I know UPND will hide under the pretext of police independence and non interference but they are doing this using HH’s name so he could easily stop it bu scrapping the law in Parliament. Huge disappointment that nothing has changed between PF and UPND; as a matter of fact nothing has changed since UNIP and the colonial system before that. Unbelievable!
    “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”

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  6. Its really beginning to look like doing something or saying something offensive is becoming the only trick up the PF sleeve for them to get attention. I am really beginning to get tired of these attention seeking mor0ns

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  7. Yes, this is an archaic law, which we ALL WANT TO BE SCRAPPED, No question about that. But as long as this is still in place, politicians need to understand that, that law is still binding and they need to respect it. IF they need to push UPND to change it, they have MPs in Parliament, that is where the fight should be taking place. There is NO excuse for certain politicians to start misusing DoP law to seek attention, and that can NOT be condoned, unfortunately. You have LUSAMBO crying about persecution due to IMF, and you have Nakacinda crying about DoP. This is just a political game !!! KBF joined the alliance, asking for such laws to be scrapped.He is patient and waiting, just as others except this Nakacinda guy, who is he??

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  8. In 2020, whilst campaigning for “Big Mule” in the Lukashya constituency by-election, UPND President, Hakainde Hichilema encouraged his supporter to tell PF leaders going to bribe them by saying to them “”CHIKALA NAKULYAMO!” . No one was arrested then for this profanity in the use of the local language. Today, police have arrested Nakachinda for encouraging Mapoloto residents to tell leaders in government to lay down their bums in the Bemba local language with the words “Baletekako amatako panshi”.

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  9. In 2020, whilst campaigning for “Big Mule” in the Lukashya constituency by-election, UPND President, Hakainde Hichilema encouraged his supporter to tell PF leaders going to bribe them by saying to them “”CHIKA!A NAKULYAMO!” . No one was arrested then for this profanity in the use of the local language. Today, police have arrested Nakachinda for speaking to Mapoloto residents by telling leaders in government to sit down and address the cost of living with the words ” Ba Hakainde na government yenu mutekeko amatako panshi mutampe ukutontonkanya…” Indeed, Nakachinda has used crude language the same way HH did in 2020. If we expect others to use decent language towards us when in power, we should lead by example by doing the same whilst we are in opposition. If it is wrong now for Nakachinda…

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  10. flag 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)

    Brother @general Kanene, I often agree with your comments but on this one we are totally on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Defamation offences can easily be litigated in the civil court… by all means sue the [email protected] until their @$s is broke and bankrupt. But please spare the already overburdened criminal justice system to more important criminal offences.
    You said it yourself: they are seeking attention, but so what? I mean my 5 year old is always seeking attention.
    Ignore them! Arresting them to silent them? C’mon brother! You are just elevating them to a status they shouldn’t be. You are making them into martyrs. Looking at the oxygen we are burning discussing a nobody Nakachinda when we should be discussing the CDF or IMF.
    Such laws just get abused and HH himself has been a…

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  11. … to use crude language to those in government, it was also wrong then for HH to use crude language to those who were in government. HH and his government cannot now begin to make exceptions for themselves. Please, release Nakachinda and begin to reflect on what you do towards others.

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  12. flag 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)

    …Such laws just get abused and HH himself has been a victim so he should know better.

  13. Guys, let’s see real matters here. As the President usually say about rule of law. If this guy has issues with the law, please do your best. Let us not continue with what the UNIP, MMD and PF have been doing by using certain laws to silence the opposition leaders, if so then our democracy is not growing.

  14. @Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa,
    I do read your comments with great interest, to be honest, and I don’t think we differ in the end game – we both want the archaic law to be scrapped, that is key !. Where we differ though, is in that you are suggesting they Nakacinda of this world be ignored. YES, definitely HH doesnt dream about that ! We can agree that there is no way, state house is telling the Police, to say, Nakacinda has insulted, go detain him…Nope ! Its the Police who are following the current existing Law, as long as it exists, it has to be obeyed. Now, can you imagine HH calling the Police to STOP detaining these people, it will be called “Interference”, then it will be clear that the Police is acting on instructions. Do you see my point?

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  15. This chap invited this to himself. Instead of providing constructive critism he was busy demeaning the president and uttering things that may not have facts or evidence. Let him face the law that Lungu and PF used a lot even for things that were far from defamation.

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  16. Are there no elderly people where Nakachinda comes from who can sit him down and counsel him on how people live in society in harmony. Freedom of speech does not entail lies and a loose mouth. The trend is the same, even from the MMD it was the same behaviour, very talkative and quarrelsome and when cornered quickly crying victim

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  17. But PF has changed the outlook of the country through the infrastructure development. The current leadership does not even talk about the developments. Its priority is vengeance. I expected them to remove the toll gate fees, undo the roads they opposed being built, creation of new districts, ne schools and hospitals, the Mongu- Kalabo road, the New Kazungula Bridge. new international airports etc, Against these, no government after PF’s will ever achieve these for a long time to come!!!!!!!

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  18. Awe sure, ni New dawn indeed! Arrests everyday, exaggerated charges by so called law enforcement, detentions without charge. Ukambeko, ati defamation.
    Meanwhile, mealie meal is now K180 per bag, no jobs, fertilizer
    K 650 per bag for D-compound, and K850 top dressing. Tilimuchibe nditu!

  19. Surely in our rich Bemba Language UKUTEKA AMATAKO PASHI means take it easy. That is not an insult at all. It is very weird to arrest some one for that simple language. Where are going ?

  20. #27 That’s why the whole thing is hilarious….. what they don’t know is that Nakachinda is enjoying these visits to the police station. That’s his intention

  21. He will be straightened, he got used to insulting and destabilising MMD, its not the same with a head of state. The police are simply doing their job. The courts will decide

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  22. You can’t scap the DOP law with these PF who are already drunk with the freedom of expression given to them……….

    They are like lawless baboons……….

    As soon as you remove fence , all hell breaks lose…………

    They have the capacity to cause civil anarchy

  23. We all saw and heard the vulgar videos of the PF cader thugs hurling unpalatable insults at opposition leaders in particular HH……….

    Do you want these PF members to use such language on the president ????

    Because without any laws , that is what will happen zambia will be a country of dirty insults

  24. Three arms of government Executive, Judiciary, and Legislative yet all discourse so far since the ‘New Dawn’ won the August 12, 2021 elections, it has been HH or the President this and that meaning focus is only on the Executive and its has the onus of doing everything in governance! No one wants to call on the Legislative to do something on changing laws that do not serve the citizenry well, i.e. “Defamation of the President” Start calling on your member of parliament to initiate repealing of such a law and stop tying it to the president for its not the duty of his office!

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