ECONOMIC and Equity Party leader Chilufya Tayali and the complainant in a case he is charged with seven counts of contempt of court and publishing defamatory statements have started the reconciliation process.
Tayali was dragged to court by Edward Sichali for allegedly accusing him that he was being sponsored by UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to hold a protest at the University of Zambia (UNZA) which led to the death of a fourth year student Vespers Shimuzhila.
It was alleged that Tayali posted the statements on his Facebook page and that it had a potential of prejudicing a matter which was already in court concerning the UPND leader.
When the case was called for commencement of trial yesterday, complainant’s lawyer Zevfyanji Sinkala, who are privately prosecuting the case, told magistrate Sylvia Munyinya that the prosecution and the defence are currently holding talks aimed at reconciling the parties and sought an adjournment so that the talks are concretised.
Tayali’s lawyer Jonas Zimba did not object to the application.
In her ruling, magistrate Munyinya granted the application but advised parties to prepare for trial in an event that the reconciliation process failed.
The case was adjourned to April 30 for mention while trial is expected to commence on May 13.