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Former Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Joseph Malanji Sues UPND Candidate for Defamation

Feature Politics Former Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Joseph Malanji Sues UPND Candidate for Defamation

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Joseph Malanji has sued Kwacha Constituency United Party for National Development (UPND) losing candidate Charles Abel Mulenga demanding compensation for defamation of character.

According to a writ of summons dated 18 January, 2022, and filed in the High Court for Zambia, at the principal registry holden at Lusaka, the plaintiff Mr. Malanji is demanding exemplary damages and an order for an injunction restraining the defendant Mr. Mulenga or whosoever might be acting on his behalf from making statements that are defamatory about the plaintiff.

“On or about 2nd June, 2021, whilst addressing a rally at Chisokone Market in Kitwe district on the Copperbelt, the defendant falsely and maliciously issued the following defamatory statement in reference to the plaintiff…. ‘Mr. Joseph Malanji forged a grade 12 School Certificate and used the forged Certificate for the nomination exercise with the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)’, ” reads part of the statement of claim.

“The said statement was repeatedly made to people at different political gatherings, meetings and rallies where the defendant was always the host speaker. On 27th November, 2021, the defendant lodged a criminal complaint against the plaintiff at Kitwe Police Station wherein he alleged as follows: ‘…..Hon Joseph Malanji abused the electoral process by presenting a forged grade 12 Certificate and claimed that he very aware that he has no grade 12 Certificate’.”

Meanwhile, the Zambia Police Kitwe District Criminal Investigations Office in collaboration with the Examination Council of Zambia on 22nd December, 2021, cleared Hon Joseph Malanji on allegations of forgery and uttering of Grade 12 Certificate.

In his report, Zambia Police Kitwe District Criminal Investigations Officer Mr. Peter Bwalya disclosed that Hon Malanji voluntarily produced the grade 12 results to the Police who subjected the same for verification with Examination Council of Zambia.

“On 27th November, 2021, at 12:30hrs, Kitwe Central Police Station received a report from M/ Charles Abel Mulenga aged 57 of House Number 44kk3 Jambo Drive Kitwe. He reported that Hon Joseph Malanji abused the electoral process by presenting a forged grade 12 Certificate for adoption as he claimed that he was very aware that he has no grade 12 Certificate,” reads part of the Police report.

“Hon Joseph Malanji voluntarily produced the grade 12 results to the Police and the Police subjected the same for verification with Examination Council of Zambia. Examination Council of Zambia verified and confirmed that the examination results submitted were genuine and were duly issued by the Examination Council of Zambia. Hence, Hon Joseph Malanji has the genuine grade 12 Certificate based on the authentic of the Examination Council of Zambia.”

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  1. Cool cash for Hon Malanji! Icibemba citila ícasa kanwa caletelele Pwele’ The loose mouth has put Charles Abel Mulenga in trouble.

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  2. @ no 2. Who told you that academic careers for PhD holders and professors is meant to accumulate millions of kwacha or or dollars? It’s meant for excellence in research, advancement of knowledge and general good of society. Look at the likes of Shisuwa, late prof mutale chanda, prof Tailoloka who offered to step down from Examination council of Zambia if free marks were offered to failed candidates. Contrast this with Professors in your PF who have abandoned their professions after hefty govt sponsorship in exchange for political game and “riches”. That professor should have been using the expensive knowledge Zambia accorded to her exploring how we can manufacture our own vaccines ( a few academics have become inadvertently rich that way) instead of standing on anthills and preaching…

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  3. The statements were made BEFORE the police and Examination council ‘cleared’ him. If he was the subject of an official investigation it means that there was REASONABLE assumption to believe that he did forge the certificate and so this case will not succeed in a properly constituted court of law. If there was never any doubt at all and he was never investigated and the statements were made without any reasonable suspicion then it would be liable to defamation.

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  4. PF needs collective therapy. They are non-repentant chaps whose stock in trade are character assassination, corruption and thieving. The country needs a break from this chaps. Zambians ditched them yet they are still seeking some relevance, these shameless scandalous chaps.

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  5. How can this old man have a Grade 12 Certificate. He should have a Cambridge School Certificate NOT Grade 12. That is why there are so many forgeries in Zambia. So many mill universities!!

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  6. Before Hon Malanji was a politician, my uncle told us a story that he went to a trades college with Hon Malanji where he studied auto mechanics. He said like my uncle hon Malanji was a grade 10 dropout. I think my uncle attended a college in northern province. Maybe check records there or the secondary school he attended. Or maybe he got grade 12 in night school.

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  7. Cool cash indeed.
    Clear case of the Rule of Law – Boma yaku court idzaweludza.
    Good move too.
    These politics of nowadays, insults and lies through and through.

  8. #8 Kimbanquist. Joe isn’t an old man. He went to Kabundi Secondary School, then Evelyn Hone College. Kabundi Secondary was built in 1975 which makes it possible he did grade 12 not form 5. Let’s not be emotional about it and wait for a sober judgement from the court.

  9. #6 The Saint..An allegation was made…so tell me what follows an allegation…. do the police just ignore the allegations or do an investigation?

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