Chilufya Tayali, the leader of the Economic and Equity Party, has been taken to court after making accusations on Facebook that Senior Chief Mukuni of the Southern Province was responsible for the gassing episodes that occurred in the country between 2019 and 2020.
Mr. Tayali, 48, was on Facebook Live in November of last year discussing governance issues, including the gassing of homes that happened in 2019.
The opposition leader, who is already standing in court for multiple offenses, has been charged with harassment through electronic communication as a result of his live Facebook update.
The Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act, number 2 of 2021, contains the offense.
On November 10, 2022, Tayali is believed to have gone live on his Facebook page using the name Chilufya Tayali, president of the EEP, with the intention of harassing and upsetting other people using a computer system.
The accused made a frightening statement about senior chief Mukuni on the social networking website.
According to the declaration, Chief Mukuni was the mastermind of the gassing crimes that characterized the nation between 2019 and 2020 in order to free Hakainde from prison.
The matter was assigned to Magistrate Sylvia Munyinya by Lusaka Magistrate Idah Phiri when it was brought up today in court. The accused, who was present, is expected to enter a plea.
In another instance, in which he is charged with assaulting a police officer, the lawmaker also made an appearance before magistrate Phiri.