FORMER Lusaka Province minister Bowman Lusambo has sued a woman who claims that he fathered her three children while the fourth one is on the way.
Lusambo, who is PF Kabushi MP is seeking damages for libel and an order that a Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test be conducted to ascertain the parternity of Mercy Matongo Cowham’s children.
In a statement of claim filed in court, Lusambo stated that Cowham on September 28, 2021 published through a video footage circulated on Facebook by Prime TV and other online media houses to the effect that he has been in a relationship with her for about eight years and fathered three children with her and she is expecting another one.
In the said video, Cowham alleged that Lusambo abandoned her and his children.
He stated that the words or sentiments expressed in the said video in their ordinary meaning, mean and were understood to mean that he is an adulterer who has committed adultery for the last eight years.
Lusambo stated that the sentiments by Cowham also meant that he was engaged in sexual activity with her on several occasions resulting in him fathering four children whom he has abandoned thus being irresponsible.
The former minister stated that the sentiments are injurious to his reputation and lower his estimation in the eyes of right thinking members of society more so that he is a public figure.
“The words contained in the said video footage were published and continue to be published to the wide population as the video was found to be sensational and thus it went viral. The said sentiments were maliciously published by the defendant with her full knowledge that they are unfounded, false and injurious to the plaintiffs’ reputation,” the claim read further.
Lusambo is claiming is damages for libel, exemplary damages, retraction and apology of the statements in question.
He has also asked the court to order that a DNA test be conducted.
ACC arrests owners of “48” houses
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested the owner of the controversial 48 houses Charles Mukomena Loyana and his
wife Susan Sinkala Loyana.
And the Commission has charged the couple with two counts of corrupt practices involving concealment and possession
of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe has confirmed in a statement today that the property in question is valued at over K37 million.
Chibwe said the couple has in the first count been charged with Concealment of Property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.
“In the first count, Mr. Loyana aged 51 and Mrs Loyana aged 46 of House Number 2728 off Shantumbu Road, Chalala in Lusaka have both been charged with One Count of Concealment of Property suspected
to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010,” Chibwe said.
In the second count, Chibwe said the duo is charged with One Count of Possession of Property suspected to be proceeds
She revealed that on dates unknown but between 1st January 2012 and 30th June 2019, Mr. Loyana, Senior Accountant at the Ministry of Finance and Mrs. Loyana, an Assistant Accountant at the Ministry of Works and Supply jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, did conceal and possess 51 properties valued at the stated amount, properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
She said the duo has been released on bond and will appear in court on 14th December, 2021.
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Hundreds to lose jobs as Indeni Refinery is placed under care and maintenance by government
MINISTER of Energy says government has decided to put Indeni Petroleum Refinery on care and maintenance a situation that will see some employees lose their jobs.
In a statement, Peter Kapala said the other employees will be reassigned to manage fuel storage depots with Tazama Petroleum Products Limited.
Mr Kapala also disclosed that government has begun the process of reforming the petroleum subsector.
He noted that this resonates with the UPND’s manifesto where it promised that it will restructure the fuel supply chain so as to achieve least cost pricing while ensuring stable supply of petroleum products.
“As you may be aware, the sector has been marred with a lot of inefficiencies which have increased the cost of the various petroleum products,” he said.
Mr Kapala explained that the reforms are aimed at ensuring that there is adequate, reliable and affordable supply of petroleum products in the country.
“The overall objective of the reforms will be to increase security of supply of petroleum products in the nation,” he said.
“Government has begun to look at modalities that will reduce the cost of transporting petroleum products and improve efficiency in delivery petroleum products,”.
He added that government also intends to implement under transportation, the reconfiguring of the Pipeline to enable the pumping of Low Sulphur Gasoil (LSG- Diesel) through the TAZAMA Pipelines as one of the reforms.
He further said products such as Petrol, Jet A1, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Kerosene and Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) will be transported via road as they will no longer be produced by the Refinery.
“Instituting the above reforms in the fuel supply and procurement system will ensure security of supply of petroleum products leading to stability in the market,” Mr Kapala stated.
“Government will promote, with these reforms, transparency and private sector participation in the sector,”.