State opposes Kambwili’s five month jail term


State opposes Kambwili’s five month jail term

THE State considers Chishimba Kambwili’s five-month jail term for Hate Speech as a slap on the wrist of the tribalist and has since moved to have it increased.

The former Roan PF member of parliament was last week convicted by Kasama Magistrates Court and handed five months behind bars with hard labour for Hate speech.

The 53-year old was charged with expressing hatred and ridicule for persons because of tribe and place of origin when he featured on a live paid for programme on Radio Mano between May 1 and August 8, 2021.

During the run-up to the 2021 elections, Kambwili resorted to spewing anti-Tonga tribalism in an attempt to persuade Northerners to loathe Southerners in favor of PF candidate Edgar Lungu.

Despite noting that Kambwili’s tribal remarks were capable of causing an ethnic war Senior Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba sent him to jail for a short period on reasons that he was a former minister who had served the country diligently and deserved some leniency.

However, the State feels the trial court was sympathetic in imposing the sentence as the five months is to minimal to serve as a corrective measure.

The State has since filed a notice of appeal to challenge the sentence in the High Court on two grounds of appeal.

The State argues that the trial Court erred in law and fact when it sentenced Kambwili to a term of five months imprisonment with hard labour for the offence of hate speech which has a maximum sentence of two years.

It said the trial Court erred in law when it misapplied the principals of sentencing in relation to the gravity and nature of offence committed.

By Mwaka Ndawa



  1. Five months yachepa sana!
    Anyone found guilty of Tribal hate speech should go in 5 years with hard Labor!
    That’s the best way to protect our One peace!

  2. Don’t bring the state into this mess.

    Just say Hakainde has objected. The state does not belong to Hakainde.

    Kambwili will never be my cup of tea, but he told the truth about Hakainde. What he uttered has come to pass, and we have seen the rampant tribalism by Hakainde and his people.

  3. Indigo Tyrol’s hatred,bitterness and bias against President Hakainde Hichilema is making him unreasonable and naive when commenting on any national issues. He sees Hakainde Hichilema in everything and everyone. He ought to be sober minded in order for him to see things as they are.
    Chishimba Kambwili is guilty of uttering hate speech ,tribalism and regionalism. These are serious cases and if not stopped could cause serious problems in the nation.
    Last time, the same Kambwili had to go to Southern Province to apologise for similar utterances.. But Kambwili is the proverbial leopard who can never change the colour of its skin.And anyone defending such divisive characters ought to have their faculties examined.


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