The Patriotic Front (PF) in Northern Province says the State should appeal the acquittal of Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) president Frank Bwalya.
PF provincial secretary Evaristo Chellah has said the ruling party in Kasama strongly felt that the court did not take into account all the evidence presented by the complainants.
Mr Chellah said the party in the province was unhappy with the court’s decision on the matter.
Father Bwalya was recently acquitted of allegations of defaming President Michael Sata by referring to him as Cumbu-Munshololwa (a sweet potato).
The ABZ president said this in January this year during a live radio broadcast on Kasama’s Radio Mano.
Delivering judgment, Kasama Principal Resident Magistrate Vincent Siloka said he found nothing defamatory in the word ‘cumbu munshololwa’ as it merely referred to a person who does not listen to advice.
Magistrate Siloka said he understood that ‘cumbu munshololwa’ was just one of the many Zambian sayings and idioms used by Bembas.
He noted that convicting Fr Bwalya would amount to inhibiting freedom of expression and censured the accusers of having fabricated the word Umuwelele in a bid to fix the ABZ leader.
Magistrate Siloka emphasised that freedom of expression should be respected in a democratic state like Zambia.
Commenting on his acquittal, Bwalya said the victory was a triumph for democracy, good governance and the rule of law.