Tayali, Kambwili enter consent withdrawing defamation claims against each other

By Staff Reporter

ECONOMIC and Equity Party leader Chilufya Tayali and National Democratic Congress president Chishimba Kambwili have entered a consent in the Lusaka High Court to withdraw defamation charges against each other.
In this case, Kambwili sued Tayali for defamation after the latter accused him of been an opportunist who amassed wealth and registered his company ‘Mwamona Engineering Investment’ through fraudulent means.
Kambwili alleged that Tayali uttered those words at a press briefing on October 27, 2017.
Kambwili was demanding compensatory damages, punitive damages and a public retraction and apology to his satisfaction.
However, Tayali filed a defence and counterclaim in the matter.
Tayali said Kambwili also published defamatory words against him on Prime Television on October 28, 2017 in which he accused him of getting K20,000 from President Edgar Lungu’s political adviser Kaizer Zulu to scandalize Kambwili.
But the parties have agreed to withdraw the alleged defamatory words against each other.
According to a consent order signed by Kambwili and Tayali, the duo indicated that they unreservedly wish to withdraw all defamatory words allegedly publicized on October 27 and October 28, 2017.
The order read that the duo consented to withdraw the defamation case and that each party to bear his own legal cost.
“By consent of the parties, it is hereby adjudged and agreed that the parties wholly withdraw this action. That the parties wholly and unreservedly withdraw all words allegedly publicised. That the defendant (Tayali) wholly discontinue his counter claim as against the plaintiff (Kambwili). That each party to these proceedings bears their own legal cost,” further read the consent order.