The Parliamentary Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has acknowledged receipt of the report from Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale on the reasons behind the discontinuance of Kenneth Msonda’s homosexual remarks case.
But in an interview on Monday, the committee’s chairperson, Peter Chakhwantha, said the public has to wait for the committee’s resolutions to be presented in Parliament during the forthcoming mid-year budget review meeting to know the contents of the report.
On January 20 this year, DPP Mary Kachale, notified the court that the state had decided to discontinue the case in which the People’s Party (PP) Publicity and Administrative Secretary, was being charged of inciting another to contravene the law but did not give reasons for the decision.
The development just left wildly speculating on what may have prompted the government’s chief prosecutor to withdraw the charges.
Thereafter, Kachale told the media that she would report the matter to Legal Affairs Committee and the reasons were to be included in that report.
“Yes I can confirm that we have received a report on the matter from her office but we are yet to sit down as a committee and discuss it. So, what I can say is that currently, the report is not for public consumption up to that time we will meet and come up with our own resolutions on the matter. We may be meeting in the first week of the forthcoming Parliamentary meeting and we will use such meeting to discuss the report,” Chakhwantha said.
The court summoned Msonda to appear before it, following a complaint from two human rights defending bodies, Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) and Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR).
According to the particulars of the offence, Msonda on or about January 2, 2016 indicated or implied to members of the general public that it was desirable for them to contravene Section 209 of the Penal Code by unlawfully killing people of homosexual orientation.
Msonda is reported to have posted on his Facebook page that homosexuals are worse than dogs and that the best way to deal with them is to actually kill them.
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