By JOHN SAKALA
National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader Chishimba Kambwili has pleaded not guilty to one count of defaming President Edgar Lungu.
This is contrary to section 69 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the laws of Zambia.
Kambwili pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Magistrate Lameck Mwale.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Mwale has granted Kambwili a K50, 000 bail in his own recognizance with two working sureties.
Lawyers Christopher Mundia, Gilbert Phiri, Keith Mwemba and Clement Andeleki are representing Kambwili in this matter.
Kambwili has been in police custody since Wednesday.
The matter will come up for mention on September 13, next month and trial in this matter has been set for September 30, 2019.
The other case involving Mwamona Engineering has also been adjourned to September 6, 2019 for continued trial, magistrate handling this case is Mwaka Mikalile.
Scores of NDC members led by NDC Vice president Joseph’s Akafumba are currently at the Lusaka magistrate’s court to give solidarity to the NDC leader.
This is according to a media statement made available to The Independent Observer by NDC Media Director Emmanuel Malite.