By CHINTU MALAMBO
LAW Association of Zambia (LAZ) president Eddie Mwitwa has taken Lusaka lawyer Tutwa Ngulube to court for defamation of character for alleging that he was being used to fight political battles for the United Party for National Development (UPND).
Mr Mwitwa wants damages for slander and libel, aggravated and exemplary damages for libel and slander.
He is also seeking damages for inconvenience, mental stress aguish and interest on any sums awarded from the date of writ to the date of full settlement, and any other relief that the court may deem fit and costs.
In his statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court Mr Mwitwa states that Mr Ngulube during a segment on ZNBC main news through an audio recording alleged:
“I would like to support the cause of State Counsel Sakwiba Sikota and other learned State Counsels who have come out in the open and said they would like us to impeach the LAZ president, Mr Eddie Mwitwa, for dragging the name of the association into serious disrepute and also for being used to fight political battles on behalf of a named opposition political party, the UPND….”
Mr Mwitwa says Mr Ngulube accused him of being paid by a named institution to fight the Patriotic Front (PF) government and embarrass it.
He claims that Mr Ngulube accused him and Lusaka lawyer John Sangwa of having represented UPND president Hakainde Hichilema during his presidential petition but failed to win the case in the Constitutional Court.