One Zambia, one nation triumphs as Kasama court jails PF tribal grandmaster

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MILIMA Correctional Facility in Kasama has earned a new resident in the name of Chishimba Kambwili following his conviction and sentencing for Hate Speech this morning.

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The Kasama Magistrate Court condemned the former PF government spokesperson to five months imprisonment with hard labour.

During the run-up to the 2021 elections, Kambwili resorted to vending anti-Tonga tribalism in an attempt to poison Northerners in favor of PF candidate Edgar Lungu.

Kambwili’s tribalism was roundly condemned such that the Electoral Commission of Zambia even suspended him from engaging any campaign activities for a month.

But Kambwili remaind unrepentant on his tribal trajectory until a complaint was filed against him in Kasama, the place of his rants.

The 53-year old was eventually charged with expressing hatred and ridicule for persons because of tribe and place of origin when he featured on a live paid for programme on Radio Mano on unknown dates but between May 1 and August 8, 2021.

And after several months of trial, the former Roan lawmaker was convicted this morning.

In convicting him, Senior Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba noted that tribalism was a serious vice that had the potential to divide the nation should perpetrators go unpunished.

In mitigation, Kambwili pleaded to be fined or handed a non-custodial sentence saying his poor health would make it difficult for him in jail.

Kambwili also said he he deserved leniency because he had diligently served the country as minister and that he was looking after people who would suffer if he went to jail.

Kalemba November 30, 2023

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