Court acquits Tayali

LUSAKA magistrate Felix Kaoma has acquitted Economic and Equity Party leader Chilufya Tayali after he was informed that the accused and UPND president Hakainde Hichilema have reconciled.

Tayali was charged with criminal libel with allegations being that between October 1 and 9, 2018 in Lusaka, he unlawfully published a defamatory article concerning Hichilema

with intent to injure his reputation by exposing him to hatred, contempt and ridicule.

And when the case came up yesterday, Hichilema’s lawyers told magistrate Kaoma that their client and Tayali have reconciled voluntarily and conditions attached have been set out.

Lawyer Laston Mwanabo applied that the proceedings be terminated pursuant to section 8 of the Criminal Procedural Court (CPC).

He said the conditions as agreed or communicated to Tayali was that facts leading to commencement of the proceedings would not be repeated and that there will be issues of compensation.

“Following discussions with the accused, we can safely say the parties have reconciled voluntarily and in light of the said reconciliation, we apply that the proceedings be terminated pursuant to section 8 of the CPC,” Mwanabo said.

Magistrate Kaoma allowed the reconciliation and acquitted Tayali.

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