High Court to hear M’membe State security case

Fred M'membe
Fred M'membe

THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has committed Post newspapers editor-in-chief Fred M’membe and journalist Mukosha Funga to the High Court for trial in a case in which the duo is charged with publication of classified information and breaching the State Security Act.

When the matter came up for mention before magistrate Humphrey Chitalu yesterday, the State applied that M’membe and Funga be committed to the High Court for trial following instructions given by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The State also applied to amend the date on the indictment from July 17
to read April 17, this year.
In his ruling, Mr Chitalu amended the indictment and read out the charge to M’membe and Funga.
Mr Chitalu said he had received the instructions from the DPP and advised M’membe and Funga to appear before the High Court as the magistrate court has no jurisdiction to hear the case.

It is alleged that M’membe and Funga, on April 17 this year, published a story in The Post newspaper edition that Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) director-general Rosewin Wandi had written to President Lungu informing him that the commission was investigating his special assistant for political affairs Kaizer Zulu for allegedly soliciting US$200,000 from a Chinese contractor in order to fix an appointment for him with the President.