Economic and Equity Party Leader Chilufya Tayali has been summoned by the Lusaka magistrates court to answer to a complaint of publishing defamatory against UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr Hichilema on October 9 reported Mr Tayali to Woodlands Police Station for criminal libel, an offence he said he considerd serious.
Mr. Hichilema said that this was in view of Mr. Tayali’s continued libelous statements in total defamation of his standing reputation both as an individual and President of the biggest political opposition party in Zambia, the UPND.
The UPND Leader charged that Mr. Tayali made unwarranted and unsubstantiated claims against him for a long time now.
“Citizens will agree with me that I have been very tolerant of him despite the many defamatory statements he had made against me for simply taking a stand on things and my political beliefs. In the latest libel, Mr. Tayali has been publishing and uttering public statements to the effect that I am responsible for the death of our beloved daughter, Vespers Shimuzhila who died in a police operation at University of Zambia, ” he UPND leader said.
But Economic and Equity Party Leader Chilufya Tayali has urged the Police not to waste time but arrest Mr. Hichilema because he is guilty of inciting people to rise against government.
“Mr. Hichilema is guilty of the crime including the recent one where a Student even died at the University of Zambia. That’s why he has even gone to the police to report me, ” he said.
Mr. Tayali added that Mr. Hichilema wanted to take over Government through dubious means.
According to the summons filed before the Lusaka magistrates court the EEP Leader is alleged to have unlawfully published defamatory statements concerning Mr Hichilema with intent to injure his reputation by exposing him to hatred, contempt and ridicule and to damage him in his profession, trade and standing in society.
Mr Tayali is expected to appear before the the court on October 17 at 11:30 hours.