Former First Lady Thandiwe Banda has instructed her lawyers to sue the Times of Zambia newspapers for defaming her that she owns hotels and other stolen properties in neighbouring countries, the Watchdog has been informed.
And Thandiwe’s lawyers are also expected to challenge government to prove that she owns property in Malawi and Tanzania. They want these properties to be shown on national TV.
The Times of Zambia reported that the State has seized properties worth billions of Kwacha, including a hotel in neighbouring Malawi and some apartments in Tanzania belonging to Thandiwe Banda.
Quoting what the paper said is ‘impeccable sources’, the paper said the Mpundu Trust flats in Lusaka have also been seized as part of the on-going investigations into suspicions that the former first family could have acquired property using public funds.
The paper did not mention the name of the hotels or apartments which Thandiwe owns.
But sources to the Banda family have said that Thandiwe does not own any property outside Zambia.
She has instructed her lawyers to write to the Times of Zambia to retract the statement or prove the allegations.