Former first lady Thandiwe Banda has filed a law suit in the high court claiming damages against the Times of Zambia and its editor-in-chief.
In her statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, Mrs. Banda states that the paper has refused to apologise over a story headline “State Seizes Thandiwe properties”.
She containds that the story was published on December 20th, 2011, and that it stated that the state seized properties worth billions of kwacha including a hotel in Malawi, belonging to her.
Mrs. Banda claims in their natural meaning, the said words meant the properties were acquired improperly and unlawfully hence the seizure.
She has accused the state owned newspaper of refusing to apologize and retract saying they did not get a verification from her before publishing.
Mrs. Banda has since asked the court to grant her an injunction,restraing the paper from publishing similar words defamatory of her and that she be awarded compensatory damages for libel.
She is also asking the court that all legal costs arising from the court action be borne by Times of Zambia.