Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Intelligence Officer Arrested for Homosexuality

By Paul Shalala

An Intelligence Officer from the Office of the President (OP) in Luwingu District, Northern Province has appeared before the  Magistrate Court for unnatural offences contrary to section 155 (a) of chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

Practicing homosexuality is illegal in Zambia and it carries a penalty of 15 years.

33 year old Moses Chanda of Lupili Township in Luwingu, appeared last week before Magistrate Davies Simfukwe for allegedly having canal knowledge of a 15-year-old boy of the same compound.

The Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) reports that on a dates unknown, but between 20th and 26th June 2018, Mr Chanda allegedly had canal knowledge of a named boy.

But during plea, the suspect denied the charge.

The matter has since been adjourned to 11th July, 2018 for commencement of the trial.

Mr Chanda is remanded at the Luwingu Correctional Facility.

This is the second case of homosexuality before the courts in Zambia at present.

In the central town of Kapiri Mposhi, two men are awaiting judgement after they were found with a case to answer in a matter where they are accused of practicing homosexuality.

On 7 May this year, Kapiri Mposhi Magistrtate Ackson Mumba found 30 year old Steven Sambo and 38 year old Japhet Chataba with a case to answer after both the prosecution and the defence finished presenting their witnesses.

The two are due for judgement on 20 July.

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