PATRIOTIC Front(PF) presidential aspirant Miles Sampa has sued PF sympathizer Maxwell Chongu for defamation of character after the businessman accused him of being behind the murder of student, Ruth Mbandu.
The Matero lawmaker seeks a declaration that the words published by Mr Chongu on several social media platforms were defamatory to him.
Mr Sampa, an economist and businessman, also wants the Lusaka High Court to order the defendant to apologise on a widely circulated media platform.
He also wants Mr Chongu to apologise and retract the published words complained of.
Mr Sampa also seeks damages for defamation.
In the court documents, the lawmaker submits that the defendant was all material times a PF member and a cadre residing in Lusaka.
“The defendant’s rights of holding a different political view and the right to choose and support his favourite [PF presidential] candidate is respected by the plaintiff,” the statement reads.
Mr Sampa submits that Mr Chongu issued vilifying words against him and spread falsehoods via a WhatsApp group, “ZAMAC”, which has over 500 participants.
The lawmaker complains that the defendant issued the disparaging words in the WhatsApp group knowing that the acts would lower his reputation in the eyes of right thinking members of society.
Mr Chongu also uttered statements concerning the complainant which read “Only an idiot would support his actions. Who killed Ruth Mbandu?”
Mr Sampa submits that the natural and ordinary meaning of the quoted words entail that he murdered Ms Mbandu and is not fit to hold the office of President in Zambia.
“The defendant uttered the aforesaid falsehood against the plaintiff when in fact the plaintiff did not know the said Ruth Mbandu, never met her, never spoke to the said Ruth Mbandu at any time in the plaintiff’s life,” the document reads.
The online post was published in a sensational manner and that the defendant knew or ought to have known that the statements were untrue.
“They had material advantage on the defendants and blurred prospects of the plaintiff ascending to the office of the President,” he submits. He complains that Mr Chongu has seriously injured his good reputation leading him to suffer considerable stress and anxiety.
Edith Nawakwi in court for abduction and threatening to kill Hatembos
FORUM For Democracy and Development (FDD) Edith Nawakwi has been taken to court to explain why she allegedly abducted and threatened to kill two farmers, Pheluna and Milton Hatembo.
Ms Nawakwi, 63, has been charged with four counts of a kidnapping or abduction with intent to confine person and threating violence.
Allegations are that between August 31, 2021 and September 1, 2022, the accused, while acting with others unknown, with intent to cause injury or alarm threatened to kill Pheluna.
Ms Nawakwi did so when she allegedly told Pheluna that “I will kill you by chopping your head if you tell anyone whatever I discuss”.
In the second count, it is alleged that between the same dates, the former Minister of Finance, while acting with others unknown and with intent to cause injury or alarm threatened to kill Milton.
She did so when she allegedly told Hatembo “I will kill you by chopping your head if you tell anyone whatever I discuss”.
In the third count, allegations ate that between the same dates, Nawakwi, jointly and while acting with unknown others, abducted Pheluna from Choma to Lusaka.
She allegedly abducted the victim with intent to cause the woman to be secretly and wrongly confined against her wishes.
In the last count, allegations are that between the same dates, Nawakwi, jointly and while acting with unknown others, abducted Milton from Choma to Lusaka with intent to cause her to be secretly and wrongly confined against his wishes.
When the case came up yesterday, Lusaka chief resident magistrate Davies Chibwili allocated the case to magistrate Amy Masoja.
Ms Nawakwi is yet to take plea in the case which was widely publicized prior to the August 12, 2021 general elections.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 21st November, 2023)
PF infighting continues as Mile Sampa’s election challenged in court
PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF) Mporokoso Member Parliament of Brian Mundubile has petitioned the Lusaka High Court to declare null and void the extraordinary convention which elected Miles Sampa as party president.
Mr Mundubile seeks a declaration that Mr Sampa was expelled from the PF and is not a member of the party.
He also wants a declaration that Mr Sampa’s move to appoint Morgan Ng’ona as PF secretary general is null and void because the correct office bearer is Raphael Nakacinda.
The politician also wants the court to declare that Mr N’gona is not the PF secretary general.
Mr Mundubile also wants a declaration that the changes made to the office bearers of PF at Registrar of Societies, by the Miles Sampa-led PF, are null and void.
He also seeks a restraining order stopping Mr Sampa and Mr Ng’ona and their agents from issuing any statements on behalf of PF.
In this lawsuit, Mr Mundubile has cited Mr Nakacinda, Mr Sampa, Mr Ng’ona and the The Registrar of Societies as defendants.
He submits that Article 52(2) of the PF constitution provided that a candidate interested in contesting as party president must indicate his interest to the SG of the party.
Mr Mundubile says upto 600 delegates from each province are to be selected in accordance with rules made by the central committee as provided for by Regulation 69(b) of the PF constitution.
“That the PF constitution requires that for a general conference to be held. The central committee must summon such a meeting as required by article 58(k) of the PF constitution,” he submits.
On October 24, Mr Sampa was elected PF president at an extra -ordinary general conference held at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
Mr Sampa, who is Matero Member of Parliament, was elected after polling over 2,000 votes beating six other candidates.
But the PF deemed the extra-ordinary convention illegal.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 2nd November, 2023)
Unka-Go’s General manager shares remarks at Lusaka Tigers FC MoU Sponsorship Handover
As the cool breeze of Lusaka’s evening air filled the atmosphere, a historical moment unfolded at the grounds of the Lusaka Tigers Football Club. Under the watchful eyes of the club’s Chairman Mr. Edwin Mulenga, the Vice Chairman Mr. Mumbo Lombe, Treasurer Mr. Steven Chishimba, distinguished guests, and members of the media, Ms. Angela Chipalo, the esteemed General Manager of Unka-Go, took to the podium.
Her speech was not just words; it was a testament to Unka-Go’s unfettered commitment to not just business growth, but societal upliftment, a pledge to weave the fabric of community development through sports.
“For us at Unka-Go, mobility is not just about moving from point A to B, but about moving dreams, aspirations, and communities towards growth and progress,” Ms. Chipalo stated. A renowned mobility company under the Probase Group, Unka-Go has reimagined taxi hailing and motorbike delivery services, bringing an integration of efficiency, safety, and innovation.
A gleam of pride was evident in Ms. Chipalo’s eyes as she reminisced on the brand’s journey, including the successful partnership as the official mobility ally for the Stanbic Music Festival. Yet, this evening was about a new chapter, a chapter scripted in the lanes of Matero, home to the Lusaka Tigers Football Club.
“We are not just sponsors; we are partners, allies, and supporters,” asserted Ms. Chipalo. This one-year sponsorship, with prospects of renewal, is a pledge to breathe life into the club’s aspirations, nurture young talents, and make football not just a sport, but a catalyst for community transformation.
As Ms. Chipalo handed over a cheque of K200,000 to the club, it symbolized more than financial support; it was a gesture of faith in the club’s potential, and an investment in the dreams of many young footballers in Matero and beyond.
“In every strike of the ball, every goal scored, and every triumphant cheer, we see the echo of Unka-Go’s ethos – moving beyond boundaries, breaking barriers, and creating paths where none existed,” she remarked.
Football is more than a game. For the Lusaka Tigers and the community of Matero, it’s a source of hope, unity, and a platform where dreams take flight. Unka-Go’s sponsorship is not just about nurturing football talents but is a pledge to be a wind beneath the wings of the community’s aspirations.
As the event concluded, the stars twinkling in the night seemed to dance in harmony to the new melody scripted in the partnership of Unka-Go and Lusaka Tigers. A melody of hope, progress, and an unyielding drive for excellence. This is more than a sponsorship; it’s a journey where every stride, every victory, and every challenge will be a shared experience.
In the heart of Matero, as the cool night whispered the tales of a new beginning, Unka-Go and Lusaka Tigers stood not just as partners but as a symbol of a community’s unyielding spirit and undaunted dreams. Today, Lusaka didn’t just witness a sponsorship announcement but the dawn of a new era in Zambian football.
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