- Goal Diggers
- Guest Diggers
Prime TV sues former employee for defamationBy Zondiwe Mbewe on 6 Dec 2019
Prime Television Limited and its managing director Gerald Shawa have sued its former part-time employee Kaseba Kasebamshila in the Lusaka High Court, seeking damages for defamation for accusing them of being greedy, unprofessional and selfish.
They have stated that Kasebamshila’s defamatory words were understood to mean that they are unethical and unprofessional as they could arm twist the Patriotic Front party by unfavorable broadcasting.
The plaintiffs further state that Kasebamshila published the defamatory words on his Facebook page for purpose of earning public sympathy over the alleged monies owed to him, to the detriment of the company’s reputation and material losses they would suffer in the television business.
Shawa and the television station are now seeking an order of injunction to restrain Kasebamshila by himself, his agents and servants from repeating or further publication of defamatory statements against them.
They also want exemplary and aggravated damages for defamation, an order of retraction of the defamatory statements and public apology, as well as, costs and interest on the sums found due.
In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court principal registry December 4, Shawa stated that he was a Christian, a father, husband and had held different positions in different business entities and other various organisations such as ZNBC, Hickey Studio and Radio Phoenix Zambia, among others.
They stated that on November 26, this year, Kasebamshila in airing his grievance on certain disputed amounts of money that Prime television owes him, went out of his way in contumelious disregard of the plaintiffs’ reputation and professional standing.
The plaintiffs stated that Kasebamshila caused to be published on his Facebook page, some defamatory words.
They stated that Kasebamshila alleged, among other things, that Prime Television and Shawa’s insecurity, greed, selfishness and intolerance were worse than PF and EL.
Shawa and Prime television stated that the said words were understood to refer to them.
They stated that in their natural and ordinary meaning, the words complained of meant and were understood to mean that the plaintiffs had no regard for human rights and freedoms, were insecure, greedy, selfish, intolerant and were unethical and unprofessional as they could arm twist the PF by unfavorable broadcasting.
Shawa and Prime television stated that they would aver at trial that they risk losing credibility and clients in television broadcasting business as the said business thrives the perception of professionalism and integrity by the public.
They lamented that the defamatory words had subjected them to public odium, scandal, social hatred.
The plaintiffs stated that due to Kasebamshila’s defamatory words and statements, they were likely to be shunned or avoided by their clients or potential clients in the legal profession.
They further stated that they had suffered loss and damage as a result of the said malicious publication and falsehood and defamatory statements against them.
The plaintiffs added that unless restrained by an injunction, Kasebamshila would continue to utter the malicious, falsehood and defamatory statements against them.
About Zondiwe Mbewe
Zondiwe has interest in writing political and current affairs on issues which affect every Zambians.
Email: zondiwe [at] diggers [dot] news
- We need lockdown asap – Magande - 30 Mar 2020
- As a public body, NAPSA can’t sue for defamation, Diggers tells court - 30 Mar 2020
- HH writes Mambilima over safety of inmates during Covid-19 pandemic - 30 Mar 2020
- High Court keeps Spax in jail - 30 Mar 2020
- Kabwe council orders immediate closure of retail liquor stores - 30 Mar 2020
- Let’s sympathise with Lungu and help him, or we will all perish! (22,489 views)
- Cabinet debates total lockdown (20,400 views)
- COVID-19 cases rise to 29 (14,580 views)
- Zambia's COVID-19 cases jump to 35 (13,858 views)
- Zambia’s economy will take years to recover from Coronavirus - Siliya (4,888 views)
Subscribe for news email alerts
ArchivesApr0 PostsMay0 PostsJun0 PostsJul0 PostsAug0 PostsSep0 PostsOct0 PostsNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- «March 2020»
- March 2020
- February 2020
- January 2020
- December 2019
- November 2019
- October 2019
- September 2019
- August 2019
- July 2019
- June 2019
- May 2019
- April 2019
- March 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
- Delaying lockdown will be catastrophic, warns Msokotwane
- We need lockdown asap – Magande
- Kaindu gets Buildcoin job
- Laura advises Prime TV to drag Topstar to court
- It’s shocking police are guarding Chishala’s house, only the guilty are afraid – Kambwili
- As a public body, NAPSA can’t sue for defamation, Diggers tells court
- CTPD proposes 100% capital allowances for mines to boost production
- HH writes Mambilima over safety of inmates during Covid-19 pandemic
- High Court keeps Spax in jail
- State of Emergency unnecessary – Kasonde
- I’ll whip anyone found patronising bars, night clubs, warns Lusambo
- Kabwe council orders immediate closure of retail liquor stores
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Send this to a friend