Kambwili, Kasolos apply for injunction against ZNBC

MINISTER of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo and his brother Anthony say they will continue to be allegedly defamed by the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and its director general John Mulwila if an injunction is not granted to them.
According to an affidavit in support of an application for interim injunction, the trio claim that Dr Mulwila allegedly accused them of storming the ZNBC newsroom, using insulting words and intimidating staff.
In this matter, Mr Kambwili, Mr Kasolo and his brother Anthony have asked the court to grant them an injunction to restrain Dr Mulwila and ZNBC from uttering or making further statements relating to the issue.
They contend that Dr Mulwila’s statement elicited comments from the public to the effect that Mr Kambwili and the Kasolo brothers were interfering with freedom of the press.
“These were broadcast on television by the second defendant, and others were in the print media. There was also a broadcast on television of demonstrations by members of staff of the second defendant,” part of the affidavit reads.
The trio further argue that if not granted an interlocutory injunction, ZNBC and Dr Mulwila will allegedly continue to defame them.
Mr Kambwili and the Kasolo brothers also want the court to order ZNBC and Dr Mulwila to pay them special damages for defamation of their characters and reputations.
They contend that on the material day, they had a meeting with acting ZNBC director news and current affairs Kenneth Maduma to correct a news item referring to the PF Central Committee meeting which had been broadcast by the station.
The trio say when they arrived at ZNBC, they were led to Mr Maduma, who was waiting for them in the newsroom.
They said that they did not go to ZNBC without prior arrangement with Mr Maduma and that they did not go to the newsroom at their own insistence but at the invitation of Mr Maduma.
The trio further said only Mr Maduma knew why they had gone to ZNBC as they had not spoken with anyone else.
They said they were shocked when ZNBC and Dr Mulwila allegedly broadcast a false statement that they stormed the ZNBC studio, harassed staff and uttered tribal insults.

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