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Munir Zulu sued again for defamation



MINISTER of Finance and National Planning Situmbeko Musokotwane has sued Lumezi Member of Parliament Munir Zulu in the Lusaka High Court for defamation of character.

Dr Musokotwane wants the outspoken lawmaker to pay him damages for accusing him of being corrupt and having received a US$250,000 bribe.

He further seeks an order directing Mr Zulu to issue a clear and unequivocal apology to the on the same platforms and audience as the original defamatory statement.

Dr Musokotwane also seeks an order of interim and final injunction against the defendent preventing him from further publishing any further defamatory statements against the plaintiff.

He further wants damages for libel, examplary damages, and legal costs.

This is according to a statement of claim filed before the Lusaka High Court.

Dr Musokotwane submits that about March 21,2023, the defendent held a briefing in Lusaka in which he talked about him and his Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development counterpart Charles Milupi.

During the briefing, Mr Zulu uttered false and malicious allegations against the plaintiff.

Mr Zulu claimed that Dr Musokotwane and Mr Milupi were being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission(ACC) for receiving US$250,000 bribes.

Mr Zulu is allegedly said that the money was sent through a bank transfer from a named firm.

“We do not know why ACC is not updating the nation on where they are with the investigations,” the alleged defamatory words read further.

Dr Musokotwane submits that the quoted words , in their natural and ordinary meaning, were meant and understood to mean that he is a corrupt man who abuses his office.

He submits that the words meant that he had no integrity and is a criminal who is unfit to hold his current ministerial position.

Dr Musokotwane states that the words mean that he was being shielded or protected by State House from being investigated by ACC.

“The defendent’s uncouth, malicious and defamatory words were published to wide global audice like Facebook, WhatsApp and other media platforms from March 21 ,2023 and are still widely accessible and shared to date,” the document reads.

Dr Musokotwane said because of the publication of the said words, he has been seriously injured in his reputation and has been brought into public scandal, odium and contempt.

The minister says that the words were especially damaging in that they were made made at a time when he was also meeting with officials from International Monetary Fund and other development partners who were seeking a resolution to Zambia’s external debt.

“The statements severaly damaged the plaintiff’s professional reputation and caused him much anguish,embarrassment and distress even among such visiting delegation,” the document reads.

Mr Zulu is was recently dragged to the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court charged with criminal libel in connection with the same defemation allegations

(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th September, 2023)


President Hichilema to continue living at Community House, as Concourt dismisses petition against his stay at the private house



THE Constitutional Court has dismissed for lack of a merit Patriots for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo’s petition challenging President Hakainde Hichilema’s continued stay at his private house instead of shifting to State House.

This means that the President will continue staying at his private Community House in New Ksama.

Passing judgment, Constitutional Court deputy judge president Arnold Shilimi  said the court found Mr Tembo’s petition to have lacked merit  because the constitution does not compel the President to move to Nkwazi House.

Further, the judge said the court found that Mr Tembo’s plea for the court to declare an order compelling the President to shift to State House is not tenable considering that no law that obliges the Head of State to reside at State House.

“We find that in the absence of any Constitutional provision or any other law that compels the President to reside at State House,and in light of the Respondent’s[Attorney General] submission on the dilapidated state of Nkwazi House requiring high cost of renovations.

“The alleged constitutional breaches relating to the President’s alleged refusal to shift to State House lacks merit and is misconceived,” Judge Shilima said on behalf of other judges who heard the case.

“We find that the alleged breach relating to the right to life is improperly before this court for want of jurisdiction over part iii of the constitution,” he added.

The court consequently dismissed the petition for lack of merit.

In this matter, Mr Tembo petitioned the Constitutional Court over President Hichilema’s refusal to relocate to State House since he was elected in August, 2021.

The politician had submitted that the President was spending huge sums of money through his trips from Community House to State House on a daily basis and putting at risk the safety of many Zambians on the route he is using to access his house.

He  further argued that the huge sums of money which was being used on a daily basis, about K126 million per year, could be channeled to other areas of need such as procurement of drugs in hospitals and books for readers in schools.

However, in reply, the State, through Attorney General Mulilo Kabesha, argued that the petition lacked merit because Mr Tembo  did not cite the particular article or law which mandates the president actually reside at State House.

He also argued that accommodation of the past Presidents at State House was only a matter of practice or custom and not law.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 9th December, 2023)

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Masturbation comment invites Sean Tembo to court



PATRIOTS for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo has pleaded not guilty to using insulting language when he compared the intervention to sale cheaper ZNS mealie meal in the wake of escalating prices of the commodity prices to masturbation.

The outspoken businessman has been charged with use of insulting language which he allegedly uttered on October 17 this year, the eve of National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation.

Allegations are that on the material day, the accused said “Bally is selling a few bags of ZNS mealie meal using Shoprite, hoping to create a perception of low price is equal to masturbation”.

The sentiments are alleged to likely provoke Abel Mashowo, who reported the case, to break the law or commit any offence against Tembo.

When the case was called today, a magistrate readout the charged and asked the accused whether he understood it.

In response, Mr Tembo responded in the affirmative and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The court adjourned the case was adjourned to next month for commencement of trial.

(Mwebantu, Friday,  8th December, 2023)

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DPP wants more punishment for CK



THE State, through the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gilbert Phiri, has filed a notice to appeal against the five months sentence imposed of Chishimba Kambwili after he was found guilty of promoting hate speech by uttering tribal remarks.

On Thursday, Mr Kambwili, a Patriotic Front member of the central committee, was sentenced to five months imprisonment with hard labour.

This was after the Kasama Magistrate’s Court found him guilty of the offence of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule, or contempt for persons because of tribe or place of origin.

After being hailed, the politician appealed against the verdict and was later released on bail pending hearing of his appeal against the sentence.

But the DPP has filed a cross appeal seeking to challenge the five months jail term imposed on the outspoken former Roan MP.

Mr Phiri feels the sentence was too lenient and that when his application is being heard, he wants to be present in court..

“I, the above named appellant(DPP) , hereby give notice that I desire to appeal to the High Court against the sentence of the accused person.

I desire to be present when the court considers the appeal,” the notice of appeal, which has been circulated online, reads in part.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)

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