Muluzi claims libel: Malawi minister demands Daily Times newspaper apology

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Atupele Muluzi’s lawyer has sent a letter to a Daily Times newspaper demanding an apology and the retraction of an allegedly defamatory article published on Thursday May 28, 2015.

Atupele Muluzi:   Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security claims to be defamed

Atupele Muluzi: Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security claims to be defamed

The paper published a report that the minister has been implicated in a case in which two people are answering a charge of defrauding a Lilongwe based businessperson Trevor Kandoje.

Lawyer David Kanyenda confirmed that he has been instructed by Muluzi seeking retraction and apology of the story which he said “falsely and maliciously” alleged that Muluzi is implicate in a fraud case in that he had allegedly instructed Steven Otieno and Imran Mlanga to hire four motor vehicles from City Transport Brokers and that terms were allegedly agreed.

“Our client [Muluzi] denies ever hiring the said four motor vehicles from City Transport Brokers or at all puts you to strict proof thereof,” reads Kanyenda’s letter to Times Group.

The lawyer said Muluzi “categorically denies any liability to pay for the said motor vehicles at all.”

Kanyenda said the article portrayed Muluzi as” untrustworthy and unscrupulous character” yet he is not involved in the issue at all.

“The article tends to lower our client in the estimation of right thinking members of the society generally,” Kanyenda tells Times Group.

He states that Muluzi has been “greatly injured” with the article in his credit, character and reputation.

“His name has been brought unto public scandal. Odium, ridicule and contempt,” reads Kanyenda’s letter.

Muluzi, through his lawyer, is demanding a retraction of the said article and an apology or he will commence court proceedings “designed to secure adequate compensation.”

According to the story Kandoje told court that in September 2014, Otieno and Mlanga approached Kandoje to help running an SMS campaign through Kempcall, a company for which he is the director.

Mlanga, believed to be a relation to the Muluzi family, is said to have been using the link to swindle people. He is currently at large and Magistrate Paul Chiotcha ordered the arrest of his surety, Esnart Katema but lawyer Gabriel Chembezi later obtained a stay order against the arrest of Katema.

The trio are also reported to have forged signature Collins Magalasi and stamps of First Lady Getrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi as they were using to link up with Nigerian singer Davido,

Of late there have been many tricksters in the country who have swindled businesses and individuals impersonating Presidential advisors and other top government officials including some posing as journalists.

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dambudzo mwasanya
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Imraan Sadick uzafa kaporo wa the Muluzis family.Who cares about Atupele anyway?Ankaona ngati zimuchitikira ngati za mwana wa Kenyatta?Amalawi anasiya kuyendera maina.Mwina azabere ngati Pitala.He has inherited crooked genes from his father.Whether Udf is swallowed by the useless Dpp are we bothered?Atupele cannot make survival without politics.Look at his six pounds thief father.He is always in the armpits of Pitala begging favours for his son.Malawi politics is crap with no future.No any Muluzi will rule this country again.so iwe ka Imraan Sadick shut up your smelly gobble.I would rather vote for Lucius Banda as my president than this useless guy.

obwande
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Muyisova.

Mike siliya
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Some coments out of sylabus, zikugwirizana bwanji nkhani ya atipase ndi tribes, fokolo zanu

Dr Mbewe
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You know Atupele is a crooked individual. The newspaper was right to expose him. Umbava wa Atupele comes from his parents. His father Bskili Mukuzi you know is also a thief. He has a corruption case against Malawi government. Zinazi ndi zosachita kufunsa

Noxy
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That’s Atupele an Assertive Person.I have also seen the news,a useless story put on front page.This shows how other newspapers are used to assassinate characters of people of their integrity. People who want to benefit from crisis.No crisis no food,Shame on the writer and shame on daily times newspaper.

chindele
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You Lomwes You Are Too Regionalistic. If You Have An Issue Just Talk About It. Not Mentioning About Tumbuka Because Something Is Happening In The North. Stupid

Mapwiya MulupaleNtakanya
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Mapwiya MulupaleNtakanya

Mulakho sizibwana,no more Agenda 4 Change nevermore, & No more UDF for ever!!!!!!!stupid UDF supporters

TANGO GOLF
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NO COMMENT

Phodogoma
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Tumbukas are selfish grouping in Malawi. Look the very same NAC has funded Mzuzu Youth Organization to initiate campaigns for closure of city beerpubs, and Timothy Mtambo do not say anything. Had it been that the MYO was run by the people in south particularly the Lomwe this could have been a hot issue. Timothy Mtambo where are you? Come out and demand NAC money back. NAC money is for direct support to HIV/AIDS issues. MYO and Mlakho are two organizations whose issue of HIV is an indirect one. There is no difference. Indeed if you fight for the better… Read more »
Richard jafali lion
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Malawi daily times news always give as negative news story,mmulipila mwanayo ngati simuziwa ,uyu ndi atupele sanyengelera ayi

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