Thursday, June 20, 2024

Police Arrest NDC Leader Saboi Imboela for Libel and Hate Speech


National Democratic Congress – NDC Leader Saboi Imboela has been arrested and charged for the offence of Libel and Hate Speech by the Zambia Police Service.

The Zambia Police Service in Lusaka arrested and charged Ms Imboela aged 45 years of House Number 12698 Lilayi Road in Lusaka for the offence of Libel Contrary to Section 191 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

In a press statement issued by the Zambia Police Service Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga, it is alleged that between 9th and 10th September, 2022, Ms Imboela acting together with other unknown persons did publish defamatory remarks against Mr Clayson Hamasaka through her Facebook page namely Saboi Imboela –SI.

Mr Hamoonga added that in a related incident, a warn and caution statement has been recorded from Saboi Imboela aged 45 of house number 12698 Lilayi road in Lusaka for the offence of Hate Speech Contrary to Section 65 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act Number 2 of 2021 of the Laws of Zambia.

Mr Hamoonga disclosed that on 12th October, 2022, it is alleged that Ms Imboela in the Republic of Zambia knowingly and without lawful excuse did use hate speech by way of posting and circulating hate content on social media in particular on her Facebook account in the names of Saboi Imboela – SI, adding that the Police are Investigating the matter.

“The suspect is detained in Police custody and will appear in court soon,” Mr Hamoonga said

Brief facts of the matter are that, the Zambia Police Service arrested the NDC Leader Saboi Imboela for the offence of criminal libel and hate speech.

This follows the confrontation on social media that involved Saboi and State House Media Director Clayson Hamasaka, where Ms Imboela accused Mr Hamasaka of being HIV positive and infecting other women.

In her Facebook post, Ms Imboela further accused Mr Hamasaka of being the Admin for Koswe, an unreceptive online media platform that takes on political opponents. The Zambian social media was brought in an uproar when Ms Imboela incited the Koswe page whose Admins later responded to Ms Imboela by accusing her of sleeping with a ghost which torments, the matter went into a deep argument when Ms Imboela went public to accuse Mr Hamasaka of being behind Koswe stating that she has proof to back up her claims, and Mr Hamasaka responded with a warning to Ms Imboela to retract her accusations or face legal action to which she never complied. The issue went on via the social media platform Facebook hence, the Police summoned Ms Imboela who was later arrested.

And according to Ms Imboela’s lawyer Mr John Chirwa, she has been detained at Kabwata Police Station.


  1. These are all the results of the insults PF caders were allowed to air during the 2021 elections………….

    There was the most dirty insults and accusations being aired by PF caders on SM ………….

    We thank GRZ for making people accountable for what they publish……..

    • Haamusankwa should have sued Imboela in a local court. But then these guys have no agenda other than intimidating citizens.

  2. Zambia is being ruled by Hitler hamin (hh). There is no freedom of speech. We have started a crowd fund to help raise funds for the best lawyers for our sister

  3. This is how people finish.At your age,you shouldnt be sleeping in police cells over such silly things because of pride.Please introspect and find that you are not a freedom fighter,you are just a silly politician

    • You are such usefull *****. If you follow the case closely both sides are guilty of slander. Next question for you is this case worthy wasting police time on? These cases are only for local courts in Matero township.
      Just pray you win 2026, because instead of insulting or jailing you, we shall parade you naked in the streets of Lusaka

  4. These are cases for Matero Township Local Court. Not worthy wasting police time and manpower. Our police is being abused and misused.

    • Deja Vu.Yes there is such a case as Criminal Libel under Chapter XVIII Sections 191 and 192 of the Penal Code’
      You however,one day, will be charged under Section 139:Defilement of *****s or Imbeciles

    • @Zambian It should be immediately repealed. I am sure it is lingering over from the Second Republic or from Welensky’s time

  5. When hachilema was in opposition he used to say and advise the then government to arrest the cost of living then arresting his members, iam wondering what has changed!

  6. Yes he used to advice that but your PF grz was instead arresting him. Which simply proved that you cant arrest the cost of living but you can arrest prople. Which is what HH is doing also. Cos if you say that he must arrest hunger, is hunger the one that has a lose mouth? is hunger the one that insulted? No! Its Saboi Imboela that insulted and therefore she is the one to be arrested. Hunger and Inflation are all innocent and they better be left alone pls thankyou.

  7. Deja Vu(9) Yes there is such a case as Criminal Libei under Chapter XVIII,Sections.191 and 192 of the Penal Code.
    You,however,one day will be charged underSection.139:Defilement of Idyoots or imbeciles.

    • Hypocrisy is an enemy of progress. During the PF rule you people didn’t see these chapters you are trying to advertise to the nation. I listened to the police and community program on radio icengelo and these laws were quoted several times. But when I mentioned this to a Upnd diehard he simply told me that these were made by Edgar Lungu. Hypocrisy.

  8. Deja Vu (13.1) Ignorance is defense.These laws have always been there.Just enroll in a better school and learn the rigors of research and simple reading to mitigate your substandard arguements

  9. I’m really disappointed in HH, the guy who was promising to promote freedom of speech once in office. The clamping down on freedom of speech has not ended in Zambia. A country that suppresses freedom of speech is not a democracy. It’s a dictatorship. Let the people speak. Libel is not a criminal offense. The libeled person can sue in a court of law for compensation. But arresting a libeler for libel is illegal. You dictators wanna be.

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