Sampa sues Matero MP

By Staff Reporter

LUSAKA Mayor Miles Sampa has sued Matero member of parliament Lloyd Kazhiya claiming damages for libel.

In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court on Friday afternoon, Sampa is seeking damages for libel over an article caused to be published in the New Vision Newspaper headlined ‘Sampa Linked’ in which Kazhiya by way of innuendo accused the mayor of being corrupt.

Kazhiya on December 28 last year issued an article entitled ‘Sampa Linked’, to the way he did his work as area member of parliament for Matero then and as Mayor.

In the same article, Kazhiya alleged that the lease agreements under Sampa has not contributed much to the well-being of the people of Matero as the rental payments coming from the rented structures within the stadium only benefit the Mayor.

But Sampa stated that Kazhiya’s words in their natural and ordinary meant that he was guilty of serious offences of abuse of office and corruption.

He stated that the New Vision which published the article has wide readership in Zambia and was accessible to millions of readers on the internet.

Sampa stated that his reputation had been seriously damaged and demand damages for libel, costs and any other reliefs that the court might deem fit.