Luanshya MP, Steve Chungu sues Chishimba Kambwili

Chishima Kambwili

LUANSHYA member of Parliament Steve Chungu has sued his Roan counterpart Chishimba Kambwili for defamation.
Mr Chungu is demanding damages for slander, compensatory damages, exemplary damages, interest, legal costs and an order of injunction restraining Mr Kambwili from referring to him as a former car thief.
According to a statement of claim filed in the Kitwe High Court by lawyers, Katongo and Company of Kitwe, Mr Chungu claims that on or about January 6, this year, at a gathering in Luanshya, Mr Kambwili allegedly falsely and maliciously referred to him as a ‘little pompous chap full of himself and a good-for-nothing former car thief who had no relationship with the people’.
Mr Chungu claimed that the words were published in The Post newspaper of January 7, 2014 and in their natural and ordinary meaning meant or were understood to mean that he was a criminal involved in stealing cars.
“In consequence of the aforesaid words spoken by the defendant, the plaintiff’s personal, political and business reputation has been seriously damaged and he has suffered considerable distress and embarrassment.”
Mr Chungu argued that the said words were calculated to disparage his business and political careers.