CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
THE Lusaka Magistrateâ€™s Court has sentenced former Lusaka district commissioner Ashwell Kampengele to a K135 fine or in default three months imprisonment for uttering insulting remarks against Cabinet Office.
In this case, Kampengele, 52, of plot number 18 Villa West, Lusaka West, was charged with the offence of using abusive language against Cabinet Office on how his contract of employment was terminated.
It is alleged that on April 8, 2015, in Lusaka, Kampengele used insulting language to Riford Sakala.
When the matter came up for judgment yesterday, magistrate Lameck Mwale convicted and sentenced Kampengele for the offence.
Mr Mwale said the prosecution proved the case against Kampengele beyond all reasonable doubt.
He said it is a fact that Kampengele uttered the said insulting language in relation to the termination of his employment contract.
â€œI find that the accused said the alleged words, and being conversant with Bemba, the said insulting language are fertile for public disorder and can annoy the person to which they are directed,â€ he said.
He said there were no aggravating circumstances to mete out a custodial sentence on Kampengele.
Facts are that on April 8, 2015, Kampengele went to the Lusaka provincial administration to inquire about his repatriation and leave days entitlement following the termination of his employment contract.
While at the provincial administration, Kampengelele met five civil servants among them Lameck Mwale and the district commissioner, who took over from him.
As he was conversing with the five officers pertaining his repatriation, Kampengele repeatedly uttered insulting language to Mr Mwale.
In defence, Kampengele said he did not utter the said insulting language because he was already aware that his contract had already expired.
He also said Mr Sakala allegedly accused him of being mad.
In mitigation, Kampengele, thorough his lawyer Osborne Ngoma, asked the court to be lenient with him because he was remorseful.
â€œThe conviction alone has an impact on his [political] career,â€ Mr Ngoma said.
After the sentence was passed, Kampengele, who was in the company of his wife, left the courtroom smiling.
CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka