EMMANUEL Mwamba says he killed the trace on two contemptuous email articles relating to the Sajid Itowala murder case to conceal the source.

In his continued defence in a case where he is alleged to have authored two contemptuous articles relating to the Inktech managing director Mathew Mohan and Idris and Shabia Patel's murder trial, Mwamba, the former president Frederick Chiluba's spokesperson, admitted that he saved the offending articles on his desktop before forwarding them to Lusaka journalist Amos Chanda and Post managing editor Amos Malupenga so as to kill the trace.

During cross examination by defence counsel Milner Katolo, Mwamba said he decided to kill the trace to conceal the source of the email although he was not certain on the source.

Mwamba told Supreme Court judge Gregory Phiri, who sat as High Court judge on Monday, that he was the best person to ask as to the source of the offending emails.

Mwamba said during subsequent cross-examination by lawyer Likando Kalaluka that the court would not know for a fact who the source of the emails was after he killed the trace.

Katolo further asked Mwamba why he only responded by 'aaah' or 'eeeh' when Malupenga made serious allegations against him vis-à-vis the source of the offending articles.

Mwamba said his denials were explicit that he was not using Lloyd Himaambo as a conduit.

Mwamba said whilst a reprimand can be issued to a person who was in the wrong, he was reprimanded for a good cause by Chanda over the matters before court, because they agreed to disagree.

However, Mwamba said the articles were contemptuous.

Mwamba said he felt unfairly treated by The Post over the issue of the offending articles, especially after he was informed that the newspaper management wanted to persuade the defence counsels to institute contempt proceedings against him.
But judge Phiri said Mwamba's testimony seemed speculative.

Mwamba, during his evidence-in-chief earlier led by his lawyer John Sangwa, said he never mandated Chanda to pacify the situation between him and The Post.

Mwamba said he initially did not take the announcement that he was officially declared The Post's enemy seriously.

"I didn't think that a newspaper of The Post's standing would willfully plot to destroy someone and communicate such intentions officially," he said.

Mwamba later said he realised that The Post had decided to carry out what he termed as an unorthodox policy.

Mwamba said the calls and short message service (SMSs) texts between him and Post managing editor Amos Malupenga appeared numerous because beside the normal conversations, there was an issue of the allegations that he authored the offending articles, which needed to be resolved.
Hearing continues.