Posted by: APO | 14 July 2010

Ruling MMD provincial youth leader in court for assaulting journalists

 

Ruling MMD provincial youth leader in court for assaulting journalists

 

LUSAKA, Zambia, July 14, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On 13 July 2010, the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Lusaka Province Youth Chairperson Chris Chalwe was found with a case to answer by Lusaka Resident Magistrate David Simusamba following his assault of two Zambian journalists in 2009.

 

According to media reports monitored by MISA Zambia, Magistrate Simusamba said Chalwe has been found with the case of causing occasional bodily harm contrary to section 284 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia. In count one, Chalwe is alleged to have assaulted, The Post journalist Chibaula Silwamba on 29 July 2009 in Lusaka. In count two, he is accused of having assaulted Times of Zambia senior reporter Anthony Mulowa on the same date.

 

Magistrate Simusamba said he was satisfied that a prima-facie case had been established and has since put the accused on his defence following submissions made by both the prosecution and Defence Counsel. Defence in the matter has been set for 5 August 2010.

 

Chalwe is alleged to have assaulted The Post Journalist Chibaula Silwamba and Times of Zambia Senior Reporter Anthony Mulowa at the Lusaka International Airport on 29 July 2009.

 

Background

 

The ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) party supporters assaulted journalists from state owned Times of Zambia newspaper and The Post, an independent newspaper at Lusaka International Airport, while awaiting to cover the arrival of President Rupiah Banda from Uganda. Reporters, Anthony Mulowa, and Richard Mulonga, from Times of Zambia and Chibabula Silwamba and Collins Phiri from The Post were attacked on 29 July 2009. President Rupiah Banda condemned the action, but MISA and other media associations called for the arrest and prosecution of offenders.

 

SOURCE 

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)


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