A 35-year-old Lusaka West resident from the Barlestone neighborhood was detained for defaming President Hakainde Hichilema in a TikTok video.
On August 21st of this year, Lawrence Muchinda is thought to have used TikTok to disseminate derogatory content about the head of state.
The public has now been cautioned by Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga that the days of committing crimes without being found and apprehended are long gone.
“Police at Kabwata Police Station have formally charged and arrested Lawrence Bwalya Muchinda aged 35 of unmarked residence in Barlestone in Lusaka west for the offence of Defamation of the President Contrary to Section 69 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia. Brief facts of the matter are that the accused on August, 21st, 2022 at unknown time in Lusaka City of Lusaka Province of the Republic of Zambia did by way of using Tik Tok a social media application in his names publish defamatory remarks against the President of the Republic of Zambia and Commander-In-of the Defence Force, Mr Hakainde Hichilema,” he said.
The accused is presently being held in custody, according to Mr. Hamoonga, and will show up in court soon.
“The Zambia Police Service would like to warn persons who are in the habit of committing criminal offences on the cyber space that gone are the days that they can commit offences and expect not to be traced and arrested,” he said.