A cross section of society in Kasama has welcomed the acquittal of Alliance for Better Zambia leader Frank Bwalya in the case where he was charged with defamation of the republican president Michael Sata by referring to him as ‘cumbu munshololwa’.
Civil society organizations and political parties said the development is a good move and ideal for democracy.
Anti- Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) coordinator for Northern and Muchinga provinces Christopher Chikwanda said yesterday’s ruling is historical and is an indication that democracy is flourishing in the country.
And Foundation for Justice, Integrity and Fairness vice president Evaristo Chongo described the ruling as commendable.
Meanwhile, MMD regional chairperson Stephen Mukuka hailed the judiciary and implored on other government agencies to be above board.
• Yesterday, the Kasama Magistrates Court acquitted ABZ leader Frank Bwalya in the case where he was charged with defamation of the republican president, Michael Sata by referring to him as cumbu munshololwa.
Delivering judgment, Kasama Principal Resident Magistrate Vincent Siloka stated that he found nothing defamatory in the word ‘cumbu munshololwa’ as it merely refers to a person who does not listen to advice.
Magistrate Siloka said he understands that ‘cumbu munshololwa’ is just one of the many Zambian sayings and idioms used by Bembas.
He emphasized that freedom of expression should be respected in a democratic state like Zambia.