By Sean Tembo – PeP President

I was shocked to learn that the Senior Private Secretary to President Hakainde Hichilema; Mr. Alfred Chipoya testified in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court that the President did not meet any judges between 1st December 2021 and 22nd December 2021.

Mr. Chipoya was testifying in a criminal case in which Honorable Raphael Nakachinda of the opposition Patriotic Front Party is charged with defamation of the President, for allegedly saying that he met judges between the said dates.

I find Mr. Alfred Chipoya’s testimony shocking because it is hearsay. The only person who can testify on whether the President met or did not meet the judges is President Hakainde Hichilema himself and not any third party.

The fact that you manage the President’s calendar does not mean that you know each and every person that he meets both during working hours and outside working hours. Besides, if President Hakainde Hichilema indeed met the judges as alleged, with the intention of intimidating them to make decisions in favor of his UPND party, would he put it in the official diary?

Let us stop kangaroo justice now. If this case is to be fairly prosecuted, President Hakainde Hichilema should himself go and testify in court, so that he can be cross-examined on the dark corner meetings he holds with all sort of unsavory characters, in the dark of the night.


SET 22.11.2022


  1. Ba Tembo, a more helpful and conclusive approach is for Mr. Nakachinda to provide proof/evidence of the alleged meeting.

    There is absolutely no need for the President to make a personal appearance before the court. How many such appearances would he be required to make in the course of court hearings?

    Politicians should not be allowed to get away with wild and baseless claims just because they are politicians. Most of our politicians lack integrity and are morally bankrupt. Where they err, they must be held accountable, even for wild, baseless claims which border on discrediting others for political gain.

  2. Lock him in for contempt after al the chap has tested the cells before. This time let him sleep for a week in a cell deliberately messed up to be his 5 star hotel. in order to get him to a point he will break down. Foolish Mwankole.

  3. Common sense says the president can’t sue or be sued so he can’t get into the dock! Are these the rifraffs vowing for the top office?


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