HIV activist Kasonkomona acquitted over his alleged pro-gay comments

Kasonkomona

Kasonkomona

After a lengthy legal process, the renowned Zambian human rights and HIV activist, Paul Kasonkomona, was acquitted today by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to comments he made on television in support of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The ruling provides a major boost to freedom of expression in the country said  the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in a statement.

In a stinging defeat for the authorities, Magistrate Lameck Ng’ambi found that the government had failed to prove its case.

In April 2013, Kasonkomona was arrested after he appeared on a MuviTV programme where he spoke about the need to recognise the rights of vulnerable groups such as LGBT individuals and sex workers in order to comprehensively address the HIV pandemic. He was subsequently charged with the ‘idle and disorderly’ offence of soliciting in a public place for immoral purposes, in terms of section 178(g) of the Penal Code.

“This is a great victory for freedom of expression in Zambia,” said Anneke Meerkotter from the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), which supported the case. “If speech is stifled through the application of outdated criminal laws, Zambians will find themselves unable to openly discuss and debate some issues of real importance to them.”

Kasonkomona’s trial started in October and after the close of the state’s case in December, both parties made submissions on whether the state had provided enough evidence to warrant continuing with the trial. Magistrate Ng’ambi found they it had not.

Kasonkomona was represented by Sunday Nkonde SC from SBN Legal Practitioners.

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15 Responses to "HIV activist Kasonkomona acquitted over his alleged pro-gay comments"

  1. choma  February 27, 2014 at 07:59

    he needs deliverance,he is nt hmself.

  2. Simon C Ngonya  February 25, 2014 at 21:05

    Sad news, that filthy man will come back reloaded with his filthy junky of gay theory again on TV. This judge is the agent of the devil.

  3. prophet  February 25, 2014 at 19:17

    so y jail General…crap

  4. caspian  February 25, 2014 at 18:48

    Agent of the devil for real.

  5. pompwe  February 25, 2014 at 14:59

    ba DPP..where;’s you calibre..how do you arrest and just release such a lunatic..we don’t gays in Zambia!!

    • Business briefs  February 25, 2014 at 20:20

      Much better than that Museveni garbage.

  6. victor  February 25, 2014 at 13:40

    Supporting gay thing is “UNTHINKABLE” to me it means animals have better morals than us(humans). Have never seen Dogs or animals of the same sex having sex.

  7. boma ni boma  February 25, 2014 at 12:40

    He looks sick frm gonorrhea and Aids

  8. LGBTZambia  February 25, 2014 at 12:30

    Wonderful. I love Zambia

  9. chale  February 25, 2014 at 12:05

    Gays and lesbians must not be allowed in zambia. Let us copy other things not dog styels

  10. Waliakake Aliye Mulandu - MMD National Coordinator  February 25, 2014 at 11:48

    Kasonkomona is Ukwa and Panga Family agent and N’gambi is a useful idiot in the judiciary who has been caging inocent pipo after receiving bribes from complainants – we will bounce back

  11. ftj  February 25, 2014 at 09:46

    THIS AGENT OF THE DEVIL WAS SURPOSED TO BE CAGED……

    • Born Free  February 25, 2014 at 10:20

      R U not ashamed of that crap which passes for your brain?

      • Suntwe  February 25, 2014 at 12:30

        What crap? Humans are supposed to behave better than insects. I have never seen a male insect mating or even attempting to mate with another male insect, have you? Disgusting!!!!

    • ftj  February 25, 2014 at 12:23

      BORN FREE WERE YOU BORN FROM PARENTS OF THE SAME SEX?

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