Lusaka man gets suspended sentence for defaming President
By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE -
THE Lusaka magistrate’s court yesterday jailed a 44-year-old Kalingalinga businessman to six months imprisonment suspended for one year for defaming President Michael Sata.
Resident Magistrate Lameck Mwale sentenced Stanford Mwale to six months with hard labour but suspended the sentence for one year on condition that Mwale would not commit a similar offence in the one year period.
Mr Mwale said he had taken into consideration that Mwale was apologetic and remorseful of his actions having spent three months in prison.
Mwale was charged with defamation of the President contrary to section 69 chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
It was alleged that on May 30, 2013 in Lusaka with intent to bring the President into hatred, ridicule or contempt Mwale did use defamatory or insulting matter by word of mouth contrary to the law.
Mwale admitted to the charge but apologised to the court over his remarks, saying he was remorseful having stayed in prison for three months.