President Michael Sata this morning made a surprise appearance at the Lusaka High Court to attend trial in the matter in which he has sued the Daily Nation newspapers for defamation in his personal capacity.
This relate to an article published on 16th May 2012 in the Daily Nation alleged that the decision by the Development Bank of Zambia to cancel instructions of engagement of their lawyers Malambo and Company was a corrupt act done by the President. The Article alleged that the President’s decision was merely intended to protect his criminal friends namely Fred Mmembe,Mutembo Nchito and Nchima Nchito who owe DBZ more than K14 million.
Speaking when he took the witness stand this morning in a matter presided by Judge Florence Lengalenga, President Sata told the court how aggrieved he was by the article published by the newspaper which he said tarnished his image.
President Sata arrived at the High court at around 09:30 hours in the company of his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations George Chellah took to the witness stand to testify in the matter.
The matter has been adjourned to the 24th and 26th June for continued trial.
This was after the Daily Nation indicated to the court that they intend to beef up their legal team ahead of president Sata’s cross examination.
President Sata is demanding Five hundred thousand Kwacha in damages from the Daily Nation newspapers and its proprietor Richard Sakala.
And scores of Patriotic Front cadres besieged the High Court grounds to give solidarity to President Sata as armed Police kept vigil.