President Michael Sata’s surprise appearance at the Lusaka High Court to attend trial in the matter in which he has sued the Daily Nation newspaper for defamation in his personal capacity has attracted reactions.
The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) said it closely following the case because it is unique and unprecedented and exposes the weaknesses in Zambia’s legal framework.
FODEP Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi said the current Constitution protects a sitting President from legal proceedings but does not state whether the sitting President can take legal action against a citizen.
Mr Chipenzi hoped that the judge handling the matter will not be intimidated to dispense justice on the case but be overboard.
Meanwhile, Alliance for Better Zambia president Frank Bwalya has described the development as sad.
Father Bwalya has since challenged President Sata to be available for state functions as he did for the court case.
President Michael Sata made a surprise appearance at the Lusaka High Court to attend trial in the matter in which he has sued the Daily Nation newspapers for defamation in his personal capacity.
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