Chinese Manager to pay K1000 for defamation

Magistrates Court

A CHINESE manager at a transport company in Kabwe said the remarks he made against the workers in his language was wrongly translated that he called them dangerous criminals.
“I don’t speak English neither do I understand,” he said. “I told my interpreter to tell them that they were bad boys but she told them that they were dangerous criminals.”
Jack Huang 40, is alleged to have told 45-year-old Gibson Mukweya of Lusaka’s Kabanana Township together with  other employees during a meeting at the labour office that his employees were thieves.
Facts before the court were that Mukweya and nine other union officials at the company had sought the intervention of the Labour office after failing to agree with Huang’s firm on new salaries and conditions of service.
Mukweya told the court that the decision to seek the intervention had been prompted by the strike at the company where employees were demanding increased wages.
He submitted that it was on January 29, during the meeting with the Labour officials that Huang told the person chairing the meeting that he was not ready to discuss anything with Mukweya and other union officials because they were criminals.
Mukweya told the court that he was shocked that Huang also immediately told the chairperson at the Labour office that he had fired all of the employees.
“As union leader, I told Jack to retract the words he had used where he was accusing us of being dangerous criminals but he refused, and instead repeated