State enters nolle in a defamatory case

The state has entered a nolle prosequi in a case in which a farm manager ,Mark Anthony Ralph Winwood, of Kampemba in Mpongwe district is alleged to have defamed the president .

State prosecutor, Mutakela Mulongwe, told Luanshya resident magistrate, John Mbuzi, that the state had decided to enter a nolle prosequi after studying the matter.

Winwood , 50, of Mpongwe was alleged to have defamed the president, contrary to Section 69 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

The particulars of the offence are that on 2nd December 2007 in Mpongwe district, with intent to bring the Republican President of Zambia into hatred, redicule and contempt of word of mouth, Winwood did say defamatory words “ Zambia is a cheap government, you stay as long as you have got money, corrupt president.” .

The accused was being represented by Matibini and company , while the Copperbelt Divisional prosecutions officer ,Mukateka Mulongwe, was representing the state.

Magistrate Mbuzi discharged Winwood following the state’s submission.