THE Lusaka High Court has set Friday, September 25, 2015 as the date for the continued hearing of the case in which National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) chairperson Mwamba Kalenga sued Zambia Soccer Fans Association (ZSFA) Pastor Peter Makembo for defamation.
High Court Judge Annie Sitali adjourned the matter to September, where more witnesses are expected to testify in the matter.
This is in a matter in which Makembo allegedly accused Kalenga of being incompetent after he (Kalenga) dismissed the Zambia Volleyball Association (ZAVA)’s executive which was affiliated to the sports council.
In 2013, NSCZ dissolved the entire Zambia Volleyball Association (ZAVA) executive and members of the affected committee slapped with a five-year ban from sport for allegedly bouncing a K24,000 cheque.
The cheque was said to have been issued to Kalingalinga Youth Resource Centre as part-payment for the food that the centre provided to ZAVA during the Zone Six Women Volleyball Championship that Zambia hosted in November 2013.
After dismissing the officials, then Minister of Sports, Chishimba Kambwili reversed Kalenga’s decision after allegedly finding that the association had no case to answer.
Kambwili’s decision made Makembo to accuse Kalenga of being incompetent and failing to consult before dissolving the association. Makembo also challenged Kalenga to step down from the position of sports council chairman after his decision was overruled by the minister of sports.
This prompted Kalenga to drag Makembo to court for defamation after he (Makembo) refused to apologise and retract his sentiments that appeared in the media.