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HH sues Tayali for defamation

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  • Mr Hichilema yesterday sued Mr Tayali, who is president of the Economic and Equity Party (EEP) in the Lusaka High Court for defamation of character for allegedly saying that he corruptly benefitted from privatisation.

By GRACE CHAILE-LESOETSA
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has now turned to the Court of law seeking a permanent interim injunction to stop Chilufya Tayali from talking about his role in the 1990s privatisation process.

Mr Hichilema yesterday sued Mr Tayali, who is president of the Economic and Equity Party (EEP) in the Lusaka High Court for defamation of character for allegedly saying that he corruptly benefitted from privatisation.
This comes barely 24 hours after the EPP president reported Mr Hichilema to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for allegations of cor-ruption during the privatisation of state-owned companies.
He said Mr Tayali is a struggling leader of an insignificant political party that attempts to gain its popularity by disparaging him. “..a strug-gling leader of an insignificant political party that attempts to gain its popularity by vilifying the plaintiff (HH),” the claim reads in part.
He said he has never acted as receiver, manager or liquidator of Lima Bank as alleged by the EEP president or at all did he acquire the said farm no. 1924, Kalomo through the said Lima Bank (in liquidation) but bought the same from the estate of the late Samson Siatembo through his heirs and assignees as will be demonstrated at trial.

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