Frank Bwalya, a member of Zambia’s opposition, is facing a maximum jail sentence of five years, for comparing President Michael Sata as “chumbu mushololwa,” which is a Bemba phrase that means a sweet potato. Bwalya made the comments on radio on Monday.
‘Chumbu mushololwa‘ is also used to describe someone who doesn’t listen to advice, BBC Africa reports. Frank Bwalya, who is a former pastor, heads the opposition Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) party. He was arrested for making defamatory remarks against the president, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo told state-run media.
Wow, to arrest someone for calling the president a name that’s not even derogatory is just ridiculous.