FORMER Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda has dragged Zambian Voice executive director Chilufya Tayali for libel and defamation for alleging that he intended to be United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema’s running mate.
According to a statement of claim filed in the High, Mr Lubinda contended that Mr Tayali caused the broadcast and publication of the defamatory words against him after he issued a press statement.
He argued that the said words were published online and on social media after Mr Tayali posted the said words on his Facebook account.
Mr Lubinda claims that Mr Tayali issued a statement which was titled “Lubinda positioning to be HH’s running mate and that another post titled ‘Lubinda eludes UPND, while Mulenga Sata plays fool’ was also published.
He further contended that the said articles were false, malicious and intended to injure his reputation.
Mr Lubinda also argued that, if not stopped, Mr Tayali will continue to publish and broadcast similar defamatory statements of his character.
Mr Lubinda claims for damages for libel contained in the article, damages for slander contained in the live press conference broadcast at Hot FM Radio on April 27 and general and exemplary damages for defamation of character.
He also claims for interest at the current commercial bank lending rates, an injunction restraining the defendant from further publishing or broadcasting the said similar defamatory words and any other reliefs which the court may deem fit and costs.