Martha Mushipe

AN investigations officer has confirmed to the court that part of the content of the seditious document that was allegedly found in possession of suspended lawyer Martha Mushipe is in relation to the concurrence of events in the country. This is in a matter where Mushipe is facing a charge of seditious practice. Mushipe is alleged to have possessed the seditious document between June 1, 2015 and April 11, 2016. Arthur Shonga on Monday affirmed before the court that a document which was allegedly found in possession of the senior UPND legal counsel was downloaded from the Zambian Watchdog and that the police did not arrest any individual who had access to the seditious document which was downloaded from the website.

When the matter came up for continued cross examination before Lusaka magistrate Felix Kaoma, Shonga admitted that certain things which were written in the seditious document have come to pass. During cross examination by the accused’s lawyers Keith Mweemba and Gilbert Phiri, Shonga confirmed that among the facts of the seditious document that have come to pass is the closure of The Post Newspapers Limited, the partial closure of Muvi TV, and the suspension of Prime TV. Shonga also confirmed that General Thendai Muduli, former justice minister Ngosa Simbyakula and Didimus Mutasa, who allegedly authored the seditious document, have not been questioned by the police. The document in question indicates a strategy of how the ruling Patriotic Front would dominate the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) from 2015 to‎ 2016 and beyond. Among the strategies was the use of ethnic divide and rule as a means of maintaining political control in Zambia from 2015 to 2016 and beyond.

The document which was read in court by BBC investigative journalist Charles Mafa talks about how the Patriotic Front would use electoral violence to intimidate the opposition parties that would not support decisions made by the PF. The State disclosed that it would close its case on May 13 with the last witness.

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