The heat keeps escalating in the court of law between Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s lawyer Ralph Kasambara who is pressing defamation charges for two journalists and online publications against the man of God for their “false publication”.
However, in a twist of events, Justice Mponda and Austin Kakande, through their lawyer Chancy Gondwe have denied being the hands behind Malawi Voice and Malawi Independent – apparently known as ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mouth pieces.
“The 2nd and 3rd defendants deny working for the two online newsletters,” reads part of the defence prepared by private practice lawyer Gondwe.
Mponda is press officer of President Peter Mutharika and claims he handed over his Malawi Voice editing role.
Gondwe is defending lawyer for Malawi Voice, Malawi Independent, Justice Mponda and Austin Kakande defined as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively.
In the statement, Gondwe further suggests that Malawi Voice and Malawi Independent are not legal news websites despite using the protected name Malawi.
“The 1st and 2nd defendants are not legal entities capable of being sued,” reads part of the defence paper.
The two news sites are heavily used by government and DPP to defame their critics and political competitors.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has been a constant punch bag of the two news websites trying hard to defame him for his humanitarian work which according to DPP machinery, its campaign for 2019 presidency.
However, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri keeps on refuting eying the hot seat of the nation, saying he is already a ‘President’ of Enlightened Christian Gathering with branches around the world and of Shepherd Bushiri Ministries international in Africa.