Gay rights activist Paul Kasokomona appears before the Lusaka Magistrate Court

Published: April 12, 2013

Gay rights activist Paul Kasokomona yesterday appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate Court and denied soliciting for moral support for homosexual rights to be respected in Zambia amidst claims that he has been unduly and harshly detained by the State.

If convicted of the offence, Kasonkomona 38, an employee of Engender Rights Zambia was liable to serve a one month sentence or an option for a fine.

The calm looking Kasonkomona who is represented by Lusaka lawyer, Sunday Nkonde among three others, told resident magistrate Lameck Ng’ambi that he understood the charge but he was not guilty.

Mr Ng’ambi had since granted Kasonkomona a KR5, 000 bail in his own recognisance with two working sureties after Mr Nkonde told the court that his client should be granted bail because he was of fixed abode and on HIV/AIDS treatment.

He is charged of one offence of idle disorderly conduct contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

It is alleged that Kasonkomona, 38 of Chululu Garden Township on April 7, 2013 at Lusaka being a person in a public place namely Muvi TV studios on a programme called “The Assignment” did solicit for moral purposes for homosexuality rights to be respected in Zambia.

The State prosecutor who called up the matter yesterday informed Mr Ng’ambi that Kasonkomona’s matter was scheduled for allocation and plea after which Mr Ng’ambi allocated the case to his court.

Mr Nkonde then asked the court to grant his client bail because he was of fixed abode with no suggestion of being a flight risk in anyway.

Mr Nkonde said Kasonkomona was an AIDS activist in fixed employment under Engender Rights Zambia who was ready to abide by bail conditions set out by the court.

Trial would commence on May 15, this year with the State lining up five witnesses to defend its action.

Meanwhile Kasonkomona has sued Attorney General Mumba Malila claiming for punitive damages for false imprisonment by the Zambia Police service.

He stated in a statement of claim filed before the court by his lawyer that he was on second line of treatment of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis but his medication had been disturbed because the medicine was in the hands of the Police.

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