Courts & Tribunals
On 31 October 2015, it was reported that Magistrate Derrick Mate Chingumbe in the Mongu District court convicted Hatch Bril (27) of alledgedly permitting a 19-year-old taxi driver to have carnal knowledge of him against the order of nature. Bril was dressed and appeared like a woman on the material day, meeting the teenager in a bar on 24 September. The teenager filed a complaint against Bril who has been committed to the High Court for sentencing and faces up to 15 years imprisonment [R2.6].
On 03 July 2014, Kabwe Principle Resident Magistrate John Mbuzi acquitted detainees Philip Mubiana and James Mwape of charges of violating the Zambian law against homosexual activity, ruling that the prosecution had not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The pair had been in custody since 05 May 2013 [R2.5].
On 24 June 2014, magistrate in charge Ackson Mumba reportedly said that Kabwe Principal Resident Magistrate John Mbuzi was indisposed and had indicated that he would be ready to deliver his judgment on July 10 this year [R2.4].
On 22 June 2014, Kabwe principal resident magistrate John Mbuzi was reported to have indicated that his judgment in the James Mwape and Philip Mubian case would be delivered on 23 June 2014. The defendants have been in custody since April 2013 [R2.3].
On 15 August 2013, Harrison Jere and Jackson Musonda were reportedly arrested after having been caught having consensual sex in the Lusaka house in which they were living. They were being held in prison pending trial on 29 August [R2.2].
On 07 May 2013, Zambian police were reported to have arrested James Mwape (20) and Philip Mubiana (21) from the northern town of Kapiri Mposhi under tough new anti-gay laws (quaere). The men are said to have been living together for some time and have been charged with the offence of sodomy or having sex against the order of nature contrary to the laws of Zambia [R2.1].