A LUSAKA woman Police constable of Chalala area has been dragged to the Lusaka High Court for defamation on allegations of passing derogatory remarks against gospel artist Chola Kanyanta.
In her writ Ms Kanyanta has complained that the alleged remarks by Constable Sharon Chisanga injured her character and reputation in her career as gospel artist.
Ms Kanyanta said Chisanga personally attacked her when she passed derogatory remarks about her.
According to the statement of claim filed at the court, Kanyanta was summoned to Northmead police post over another matter involving someone only identified as Muyunda on December 30, 2015 where Chisanga operated from.
But when she reported herself there around 22.00hours, she and her complainant were both advised to return the following day.
When they went back the following day, the officer-in-charge discharged the complaint after hearing from both sides.
But Chisanga is alleged to have taken the matter personally and repeatedly called Kanyanta names as she accused her of being a crook.
“The plaintiff will further say that she left the Officer-in-charge’s office according to the advice given and started going back to where she came from when surprisingly the woman constable who is the defendant herein called her back to her office stating that the plaintiff is a crook who deserved to be punished,” she states.
Ms Kanyanta charged that after the derogatory rmarks, she declared interest and suggested they transfer the matter to Emmasdale Police Station where “she wanted independent people to deal with the matter.
She explained that the defendant repeated the same defamatory remarks in the presence of other people including police officers at the Emmasdale police.
Ms Kanyanta explains that she was locked up at Emmasdale Police but the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officer handling the matter released her as he found no case against her. She has since requested the court to order a published apology from the constable, including costs for damage and mental distress suffered as a result of the defamation.