Opposition Patriotic Front (PF) President Micheal Sata has sued Defence Minister George Mpombo for libel in the Zambian High court.
Mr. Sata has sued Mr.Mpombo for damages contained in the Post NewsPaper dated May 18 2007 headed Zambia won’t transer Political Terrorism to Malawi on page 3 while another one headed “we wont let political misfits misbehave in Malawi” on the front of the Zambia Daily Mail.
This is contained in a writ of summons filed in the Lusaka High Court.
Mr. Mpombo is quoted as having said the government would not allow the Zambian soil
to be used by misguided politicians.
He is further quoted as having said over the past few months, there have been attempts to interfere with peace through political conduits to Malawi.
Mr. Sata claims that the ordinary and natural meaning of the words uttered by the
defendant are understood to mean that the plaintiff is a political terrorist and a bandit.
The Plaintiff also says the words means that Mr Sata had attempted to interfere with
peace in Malawi,and also involved in illicit or illegal activities in Zambia which he also attempted to extend to Malawi.
The Plaintiff also points out that the statement also attributes him as a political misfit who has no credibility to be a leader and is unpatriotic and lacks integrity by reason of his terrorist and banditry activities.
Mr. sata said these words were published to the general public who include electorates and are damaging to his character, reputation in both his private and personal capacity as well as in his political life as a president of a Patriotic party.
He claims to have suffered loss and damage because he heads a political party with a
large following in Zambia which has been brought into public scandal, odium and contempt.