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Facebook post earns man jail term

The Mchinji First Grade Magistrate’s Court has sentenced Protazio Nkhoma to 42 months imprisonment with hard labour for defamation of character contrary to Section 201 of the Penal Code.

The court heard that, on February 10 2017, the convict posted an article that was defamatory in nature, and intended to injure the reputation of Lonzoe Defector Zimba.

Nkhoma posted on social media that Zimba had killed two Americans by shooting them in his house, thereby exposing the complainant to hatred on his Facebook page and society.

According to the ruling, Nkhoma pleaded not guilty to the charge.

But, passing his judgment, Magistrate Rodwell Mejja Phiri said defamation of character is an offence that negatively affects the reputation of others.

He further said the accused deserved stiff punishment to deter would-be offenders.

In mitigation, Nkhoma said he suffers from epilepsy, has a sick mother and his wife had just given birth.

Nkhoma, 23, is from Mzikawola Village, T/A Mlonyeni, in Mchinji.

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