Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion (OQBP) manager Christopher Malunga has applied for an interim injunction in the Lusaka High Court to compel Expendito Chipalo and the Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board to stop carrying out any activities or commenting or interfering with programmes relating to the stable.
Malunga’s move comes after Boxer Lolita Muzeya sought the board’s intervention to be declared a free agent, claiming that her contract with the stable had expired.
Malunga has, however, dragged the board to court to seek an order that will deter them and Chipalo, their agents, servants and whoever from interfering with matters relating to the stable.
“Let the party concerned attend before the Honourable judge S.K Newa in the chambers at the Lusaka high court on the 7th day of October 2019 at 08:45 hours on the hearing of an application on the part of the plaintiff for an order for an interim injunction restraining the defendants either by themselves, their agents, servants and whoever from commenting or carrying out any activity or interfering with any programmes or management of the plaintiff stable which is Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion and dealing directly with the plaintiff’s boxers, especially Lolita Muzeya, until when the matter is fully settled by this court or by consent of the parties. And further from harassing, threatening, interfering with the plaintiff peace,” read the summon.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board cleared Lolita, a few days after Malunga applied for the injunction.
The board stated that the decision was arrived at after thorough inquiries and consultations, which confirmed that Muzeya did not have a boxer management contract with any promoter.
The board stated further that Muzeya was free to join a promotion of her choice.
“The Zambia Professional Boxing and Control Board today have cleared boxer Miss Lolita Muzeya to join a stable of her choice. The board’s decision has come after exhaustive inquires which confirmed that Lolita does not have any boxer manager contract with any promoter or manager registered with the Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board. On 13th September 2019, the board wrote to all the managers who were claiming to have subsisting contracts with Lolita to show proof that they had indeed signed valid management contracts with the boxer but none of them produced such a contract,” read a statement.
“It is in view of the above that Lolita has been declared a free agent to participate in professional boxing in Zambia and she is free to enter into management contract with a manager of her choice. Meanwhile the board also wishes to confirm that boxer Gracious Simwalizi still has a valid contract with Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion which will expire in 2025…”