The Lusaka High Court has ordered PF Government deputy chief whip Tutwa Ngulube to pay LAZ President Eddie Mwitwa for defamation.
Last month Ngulube made wild allegations against the leader of lawyers in Zambia but failed to prove them in court. In fact Ngulube, the PF MP for Kabwe did not even go to court to prove his allegations prompting the court to enter a judgment in default.
Ngulube was sued for claiming that Mwitwa was being abused by UPND to fight political battles and that he had been promised to stand as an MP under the UPND in Lusaka Central in 2021.
The court has therefore awarded Mwitwa aggravated and exemplary damages for libel and slander.
He has also been awarded damages for inconvenience, mental stress and anguish, as well interest on the sums awarded and costs.
Tutwa Ngulube, who is also Kabwe Central PF member of parliament, claimed in an audio recording on ZNBC main news, that he was supporting other lawyers who wanted to impeach Mwitwa for being used to fight political battles on behalf of UPND.
Sakwiba Sikota promptly distanced himself from the allegations.
Tutwa Ngulube stunned the country two days ago when he, on TV, said the Zambian constitution does not recognise independent MPs.