Prosecution chief drops defamation charges

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Director of Public Prosecution, Mukelabai Mukelabai, Thursday directed that defamation charges against a former deputy minister and a journalist be dropped.
Police had charged former deputy finance minister Newton Ng'uni and 'Independent Post' newspaper's deputy news editor Amos Malupenga with defaming President Frederick Chiluba in an article carried by the paper.
Mukelabai said the article, published on 2 August, with the title, 'Chiluba has stolen and shattered to pieces Zambia's dream' was not defamatory.
The head of communications in the director's office, Fulata Siyunyi, said words used in the article and attributed to Ng'uni, now member of the opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) constituted an expression of a personal political opinion and were misinterpreted by the police.
Mukelabai has also directed that criminal proceeding against United Party for National Development president Anderson Mazoka be discontinued.
Mazoka was facing charges of riotous behaviour and malicious damage to property following violence that erupted at a recent by-election campaign rally in Mkushi, central Zambia.
A government vehicle was damaged during the violence.

09 août 2001 14:30:00

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