PF SG sues Kambwili for defamation

By Staff Reporter

ROAN PF member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili has been sued in the Lusaka High Court by party secretary general Davies Mwila who is claiming damages for defamation of character.

According to a statement of claim lodged in the principal registry, Mwila has sued Kambwili over derogatory remarks he made against him at a press briefing held on October 27, 2018 which was covered and published by various print and electronic media houses with both local and global reach.

Mwila is claiming punitive and exemplary damages and interest at the current commercial bank lending rate.

Mwila filed a statement of claim over Kambwili’ s statement in which he alleged that he obtained a grade 12 certificate after a young boy who was arranged by known people wrote the examination for him.

Mwila stated that Kambwili also accused him of going to parliament as a form three and that because people were laughing at him, he decided to get a young boy to write for him, adding that if he was to be put in a classroom today, he would not obtain nine points.

The plaintiff further stated that Kambwili at the same press briefing challenged him to go back and write his general certificate education (GCE) examination on his own and see whether he can get a distinction in English.

Mwila also stated that Kambwili defamed him when he said the former lost elections in Chipili like a pig against a young person who stood as independent whilst the defendant has won three times in Roan.

The plaintiff added that all efforts to have the words and statements retracted and apologise have proved futile and that Kambwili’s words lowered him in the estimation of right thinking members of society and have generally brought him into public ridicule, scandal, odium, hatred and contempt.

Mwila stated that the words against him impute traits of dishonest, bad faith, lack of respect for the education system and that he was not fit to be a leader because he was a fraudster.

Mwila’s deputy Mumbi Phiri two weeks ago sued Kambwili and is claiming K100 million as special damages for defamation of character after the latter accused her of building her house using corruption money from Lebanese and Chinese.