NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili has pleaded not guilty to issuing racial remarks against an Indian. Kambwili took fresh plea in the matter before Lusaka magistrate Sylvia Munyinya after the matter was reallocated. The reallocation of the matter was necessitated by the transfer of resident magistrate Humphrey Chitalu to Chipata. In this case, Kambwili is facing a charge of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt for persons because of race contrary to the Laws of Zambia. Kambwili on February 19, this year, allegedly expressed racial remarks on Rajesh Kumar Verma, an Indian. In a video that went viral, Kambwili reprimanded Verma when he found him operating a compactor under the Lusaka decongestion project saying such jobs belonged to Zambians.
The former Roan member of parliament was annoyed that some labourer jobs meant for Zambians were being done by Indians when unemployed Zambians were roaming the streets.
The matter comes up on August 7, 2019 for trial.