Monday, February 26, 2024

Luo Sues Times of Zambia for claiming she bounced a cheque

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Prof Nkandu Luo taking part in a Health Forum debate
Prof Nkandu Luo taking part in a Health Forum debate

Local Government, Housing, Early Education and Environmental Protection Minister, Nkandu Luo has sued the state-owned Times of Zambia.

This is over a story published on 14th September 2011 under the headline Nkandu Luo donation cheque bounces.

In the story, the Times of Zambia alleged that Professor Luo’s cheque donation of 1 million kwacha to Chainda Catholic Women’s Club had bounced.

According to an affidavit filed in the Lusaka High Court on 4th October 2011, Professor Luo, who is also Munali Member of Parliament, has also sued a member of the respective women’s club, Mary Chileshe.

In her affidavit, Professor Luo says the story implied that she was a dishonest and fraudulent person, who claimed to be credit worth when in fact not.

Professor Luo is since claiming damages, costs and any other relief which the court may deem fit as well as an injunction against the Times of Zambia.

[MUVITV]

46 COMMENTS

  1. Oh, sh*t for Times of Zambia. This is what you when you become unprofessional and accept to be controlled by politicians in your duties. If you had investigated the story professionally in line with your training you wouldnt have fallen in this mess. Luo is now part of the system of which you had little idea that she could be a minister in a couple of days after you published the article. As the English rightly put it, “The Horse is now on the Rider.” So what will be your defense and justification for your erroneous reporting? Begin assembling your witnesses well in advance before the case comes up in the competent court of law. I hope your sources were not the disgruntled elements of Edwin Lufwekelo, Gregory Chifire and Edward Mumbi. 

  2. Why didn’t she just insist on a counter statement? That’s what they do here and only go to the courts if the press refuses to grant the right of reply. It saves a lot of legal costs.

    • Nine Chale….how are you? I follow your comments on here and I find your comments very intellectually sound quite often and your opinions are well thought of analytically. Well on Luo’s legal case against the Times of Zambia, I think she strongly feels her exoneration by the paper will restore her credibility with the masses. And her strategy is to discredit the editors of the paper and justify their unprofessional conduct which will result in them joining the list of the unemployed. However, the irony in her approach is that she is forgetting the fact the paper together the Daily Mail are Govt propaganda tools which is now part of. Replacing editors will effect slopy change of management and replacements will work to serve the Govt of the day. Bottomline is, the cycle will continue. 

    • ….and the only solution is for Govt to leave the press alone with interference in order to restore credibility in journalism. Press freedom is in my opinion non existent in our country and this has rightfully been exemplified by the PF Govt and their delicate relationship with Post Newspaper established when in opposition. Amos Malupenga is now ps in a media ministry….how come and criteria was followed for selection? Something is fundamentally wrong with the way governance is driven in our land. What do you think sir? 

    • The Govt she is now part of…. What criteria of selection was used to appoint Amos Malupenga from the Post Newspaper? Govt should not interfere with the press to restore credibility.;)

  3. She is not suing herself, she is suing times of zambia, GRZ is just her employer, and she would never sue if indeed the cheque bounced, she is suing bcz she is got evidence that the cheque cleared, GRZ papers messed up a lot of innocent pipo, its time some journalists learnt responsible reporting

  4. Nkandu Luo is acting stupid. She is not supposed to sue Times of Zambia but individuals who were instructed by the MMD to write false things about her. This is the problem with politicians they are just too GREED!!

    If Luo was interested in teaching those who were misleading the public by lying she is supposed to sue those MMD characters at Times of Zambia.

  5. Cheap politiking, just get on with work. We have developed fatigue to hear you raise issues you could easily solve over a phone call. Why issue cheques banks will not clear due to insuffient funds. If you had money in sue bank, not on poor club women whom you want to prise you for your contribution. Have had respect for you however, with govt power you have ceased to speak for the oppressed and joined the hoohaa in abashing institutions and workers knowing judgement in your favour with judiciary you despised a few days ago.

  6. Shaka, that is not how the law of libel and defamation operates. The media is subject to what is called collective responsibility for which the editor, the publisher and the reporter are answerable to any libel and defamation matter. Thus, in the course of trial, the media is at liberty to call in witnesses or sources who should be accorded an opportunity to respond to allegations. Should the judge find the witnesses or sources liable to falsehood and malicious intentions, an appropriate charge is decided. It can either be perjury (that is if there is substantial proof that the witness is lying in the course of trial) or criminal conspiracy if the prosecution finds that the intention of the witness or source was bent on malice. Sometimes, the judge can opt for defamation by third party. 

    • Shaka, that is not how the law of libel and defamation operates. The media is subject to what is called collective responsibility for which the editor, the publisher and the reporter are answerable to any libel and defamation matter. Thus, in the course of trial, the media is at liberty to call in witnesses or sources who should be accorded an opportunity to respond to allegations. Should the judge find the witnesses or sources liable to falsehood and malicious intentions, an appropriate charge is decided. It can either be perjury (that is if there is substantial proof that the witness is lying in the course of trial) or criminal conspiracy if the prosecution finds that the intention of the witness or source was bent on malice. Sometimes, the judge can opt for defamation by third party

  7. I THINK SHE SHOULD HAVE FIRST CONCENTRATED ON HER DUTIES.SHE HAS NOT YET PERFORMED BUT NOW RUSHING TO THE COURTS OF LAW.IN HER BOOTS I’D ASK TO MEET THE EDITOR IN PERSON SO HE STARTS TO REVIEW THE COWPRITS BEHIND THE ARTICLE

  8. NKandu, stop it! This is not a priority right now. Get hormone replacement therapy for your menopause if it is making you irrational.. After the nightmare of MMD’s frivolousness, we need solid leaders who put nation first.

  9. SHE IS RIGHT – SUE THEM help Make them bankrupt. This time the Govt is not interested in TIMES and DAILY. If they run out of money good luck, there will just have to close.

    The papers have proved to be worthless and do not need to be bailed out of financial difficulties with public money because they betrayed the public and the public does not TIMES and DAILY anymore. Their sales are so down. So who cares if they die. Other better news media will benefit by taking over and becoming indepenent professionals.

  10. Shaka, that is not how the law of libel and defamation operates. The media is subject to what is called collective responsibility for which the editor, the publisher and the reporter are answerable to any libel and defamation matter. Thus, in the course of trial, the media is at liberty to call in witnesses or sources who should be accorded an opportunity to respond to allegations. Should the judge find the witnesses or sources liable to falsehood and malicious intentions, an appropriate charge is decided. It can either be perjury (that is if there is substantial proof that the witness is lying in the course of trial) or criminal conspiracy if the prosecution finds that the intention of the witness or source was bent on malice. Sometimes, the judge can opt for defamation by third party.

  11. Ba Times, just apologize with a big headline like, CHEQUE DID NOT BOUNCE! and let’s get on with re-building the country already.

  12. The minister will be fired soon if she doesnt put her act together. MCS is not FTJ who was a laiser fe Presido where minister would even miss cabinet meeting for no good reason. Times of Zambia is owned by the govt so its us tax payers who will foot the bill.

  13. My Gash this woman has lost it, i rememebr her back in the chiluba days , she used to look very fit , ugly but a sseexy body very fit , but now
    yaba

  14. This woman is very very st.upid indeed. She just wants to reap where she did not sow. What does she want to prove? This old failed politician wants to divert attention. We want you to work and not just yapping nonsense all over over a bounced cheque. Rememeber this is the same woman who painted all the buses in MMD colours that are also haunting her now that she is in PF. May be she can concentrate on how she can reverse the painting to green. At least thats what can make news and not marubbish ya cheque. I think the woman is too old to think straight. Even her looks tells you that she has now become too d.ull. Ati ba professor! I end here! 

  15. What has Nkandu Luo studied? She always back and forth in politics. If she is a professor in a health field —why cant she invent even one product and forget about always struggling to earn a living in politics.

  16. We need priorities from the minister which will move the country forward and not starting to advance personal things which in the eyes of every one will know that she is using the influence of her office.

  17. Let Times of Zambia cough some cash to Prof. Luo thereafter, she resumes her work. That is what it is when a new government is formed. How much do you think Times can cough? I hope it will be above K100M. She can buy herself a big bus like the one RB used to board

  18. THE PF GVMT IS STINKING WITH BITTERNESS AND ICILANDUSHI  THATS THEIR STILE OF GVNING. 90 DAY WILL ELAPSE WITH NOTHING TO SHOW.

  19. Please stop being petty. You have a mammoth task ahead of you, so roll up your sleeves and get to work. You are not going to waste tax payers money by spending half of your working days in court and suing whoever says someonething you do not agree with. Damn it. we already tired of people like you.

  20. There is evidence in the story that the reports were not true. Besides she knows the source of the story who she’s also sued. So Times were just the messenger. This is the greed of some leaders that have definately failed in the past and have chance to get themselves somewhere. Does that inspire us with hope and confidence in her leadership? Hell NO!!!!

  21. Does Luo realise that this way of getting more money in her pockets is depriving her government money meant to improve the quality of life of the general citizenry?

  22. This is not a good way of getting more money into your pockets, Luo. The money ToZ will pay you will come from the national treasury whose contents should be used to improve the quality of life of the general citizenry. 

  23. Please roll up your sleeves and get to work. You have a mammoth task ahead of you, so stop wasting tax payers money and time by suing everyone ansd everthing that you do not agree with. Damn it I’m alraedy tired of crap like you!!!

  24. Their 90 days focus has already been lost.
    They have channelled all their vigar and energy to retribution and fixing of the past regime.
    For example, how on earth can a govt encourage workers to protest all across the country to press for increased wages?
    I thought that the role of govt anywhere in the world, I dont want to say apart from Africa, is to ensure that there is industrial harmony.
    Govt does not need workers to protest in order have their grievances addressed.
    And how do you call for industrial harmony and change for govt to sort out the labour issues at the same time state that workers countrywide are free to protest?
    Zambia must boast of being the first country for the govt to use this labour strategy.

  25. Is the Prof broke? Why did she sue the time the story came out.This is being petty,you wanted power,now that it has been given to you,you have no idea how to use it.People are waiting on your promises.

  26. #18 Kunda Mambo,

    You name betrays you MORON WOLF!!! You sound like your name sake George Kunda who defrauded Zambians through the disgraced National Constitutional Process!!

    For goodness sake where do you think the money that will be paid Luo will come from? It will come from the TAXES that you and me pay!! The Gratuity that LUO will get wont be taxed anyway!!! She just finished the other money we Zambians paid to her during her stay in MMD government under Chiluba.

    Luo should be content with what we Zambians will be paying her as a Minister and MP.

  27. This is the problem with recycled politicians. Always looking for something to net. How do you sue a government institution when you are part of the same?

    Please Sister Luo drop it and serve the people who have put you in power .Too early for you to loose focus.

  28. Just start working ba Mayo, wasting time going to court. U could have asked them to apologise & published the storie was misquioted. U re now in gvmnt, why suing ba mayo?

  29. The story is incomplete. Was the check good. Was it cashed. Who recieved the money and when? If Times published a story without verification then they should pay 10 times to teach them a lesson NOT to publish untrue information and cheating readers.

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