Chaponda loses first round against Times in defamation case

Objections and poor time managent took center stage in defamation case by former  Minister of Agricuture Dr George Chaponda against media giant Times Group and some of its editorial staff in connection to stories and comments on the suspicious maize deal between Malawi and Zambia as court has to adjourn the matter until corruption related case is concluded in High Court Zomba registry .

Chaponda: Filed defamation lawsuit against Times news Organisation

The trial resumed on Tuesday at High Court in Blantyre with Chaponda, a claimant himself standing in the dock as a witness.

The claimant’s counsel Emmanuel Mmeta made several objections on the question line of lead defence lawyer, Patrick Mpaka.

Mpaka cross examined Chaponda and asked him whether the matter is the same one being tried in Zomba. He said yes.

Times lawyer then quoted a case which ruled that if same matter is being tried in both criminal and civil cases; the criminal proceedings must start.

The judge Kenyatta Nyirenda had no choice but to agree with him and adjourn the matter until the Zomba criminal case for Chaponda is disposed off.

The hearing started with an application by the defence who had asked for an ammendament of the list of documents saying they came across some new documents which were to be added to the trial bundle, an application which justice Nyirenda granted.

However, the defence did not take time with the witness but rather led the complainant into confirmation that the witness statement is indeed by him.

The defence,] failed to agree as to why the claimant sued based on some paragraphs of the published articles reffered in the statement of claim other than the whole article.

“I only pointed to sentences and paragraphs that directly refer to me,” Chaponda kept on saying.

There was also an issue to do with some articles which were left out in the statement of claim, which were written after the case has been already filed.

Mmeta objected, saying some of the articles were published after the case had already been filed.

Chaponda is also seeking damages from Times reporter Alick Ponje and Daily Times assistant editor Madalitso Mussa.

He claims that the scribes “falsely and maliciously” published defamatory words of the minister and that the Sunday Times positioned Chaponda’s picture against a headline of ‘Epitome of Decadence’ an opinion piece, claiming it was calculated to portray the minister as a morally rotten person.

Chaponda is claiming damages for libel, exemplary and aggravated damages for libel and legal costs.

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Unenesko Nguwemi
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Unenesko Nguwemi

Of course Chaponda has credetials that sound good as we mention but lacks integrity.Malawi cannot develop with people with several credentials but are devoid of integrity.That is why we have so many people degrees now but not show what the have done to the progress of the country,

Zgewani
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Zgewani

If convicted in the Zomba case then what was written by Times about Chaponda was not defamation but facts reporting.

MAGUFULI
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MAGUFULI

LET’S WAGE A BIG WAR AGAINST THESE DPP FIELD MARSHALS FIELD MARSHALS FOR STEALING NO ELECTRICITY THOSE GENERATORS ARE NOT WORKING AT ALL EVERY MOVE THEY MAKE IS TO ENRICH THEMSELVES SEE WHAT WA JEFFREY IS DEMANDING? A WHOOPING MK900 BILLION !! WHAT IS HAPPENING AT MACRA? ? BUSHIRI RESCUE OUR LAND PLEASE !!

Chaponda wadowe
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Chaponda wadowe

Epitome of Decadence’ an opinion piece, claiming it was calculated to portray the minister as a morally rotten person”.

Tsono iyeyo Chaponda akukana zimenezi? Moti akudziona kuti ndi munthu woyenera kulandira ulemu, wangwilo mmakhalidwe ake after kuootcha capital hill offices, kusunga ndarama kuchipinda mmalo mwaku bank komwe ndaramazo zikanalandira chiongola dzanja komanso government would have collected tax on interest earned. The very tax that government badly needs to improve its service delivery.

If all that is not croockedness, theft and rotten morals, then what constitutes “moral Decadence” in lhomwe belt?!!!!

Mbiri
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Mbiri

Born in Chonde Village, Mulanje District, Chaponda studied at the University of Delhi from 1963 to 1968 where he received degrees in history and political science. He studied law at the University of Zambia from 1976 to 1979 and at Yale University from 1980 to 1984. He was admitted to the Bar in 1980.[2] Career He has held a number of senior positions in Zambia, including chief executive of a parastal organisation. From 1984 to 2002, he worked mostly as a senior lawyer for the Office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia, Kenya, Thailand, Bangladesh, Switzerland,… Read more »

Chaponda wadowe
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Chaponda wadowe

So what?!! Does that mean he did not play deals with Zambian maize? Does this background history mean he did not hide bags of money in his bedroom which is lack of morals and patriotism to a country which we all are striving to see itself lift its image of backwardness?!!!!

peter georgce
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peter georgce

Chaponda azichenjera APM anangomugwiritsa ntchito pakuba asalimbane ndi aTimes ,azikozekera kupita ku Chichiri Prison .

Rudo Chakwera
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Rudo Chakwera

I wish you were my father in law osati zinazi kikikiki

Wanjiku
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Wanjiku

Wakuba uyo.

Danny Chikale
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Danny Chikale

Chaponda will soon be free ena tonse chipere!

Mwana Chaponda
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Mwana Chaponda

Chaponda amaliza anthu ambiri iye pano ali pheeeee ndi akazache kudya money

DPP boma ili
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DPP boma ili

Chaponda is patient and always a winner .Wina alira.

paxy
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paxy

Ineyo I don’t have law background but I think the logic behind starting criminal case first is that if the ruling is in favor of Chaponda then his case will be strong and also to deal with this civil case the civil court would want go find out where her what the paper is saying is true or not hence will be doing the job of criminal court.

Ponder
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Ponder

George Chaponda wapondaponda Times Group ndipo shortly will pondaponda Mcp yonseeeee

Manuel Kabazi
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Manuel Kabazi

After Mutharika then we have George Chaponda as the most powerful and popular man in this country. Akuti nfweeee ndani?

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

‘Yale’ yake ya FAKE tsono. So the man couldn’t even realise the same issue is being tried in Zomba as a criminal case.
Bwinobwino’tu! Ma graduate ena ndi zija azungu amatimvera chisoni kuti “maybe this is the best student Malawi can send”, “let’s help the poor country”.
Mind you anthu enawa anapita ku USA years following ‘black civil rights movement’. There was a lot of undue sympathy for black people especially if one is from Africa.
Ndiye ma Yale grad. ndi onse. Ena anakaphunzilako u tricksters chabe.
Ndi awa ma zigogo MBAVA pano.
SHAME!!!

Chilungamo Kuwawa
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Chilungamo Kuwawa

Iwe Chilungamo ndiwe nsete together with your uneducated master. George Chaponda is a million times educated and rich that your you and your entire associations. Munyera zenizeni akawina

Watha Nsanga
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Watha Nsanga

Chaponda is not educated because educated people don’t behave like this, kuba.

Chaponda is not rich, that is stollen money.

Ankolo Petulo
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Ankolo Petulo

Chaponda ndi boma!!!!!!! ife bodza silitisuntha!

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Of course Chaponda will probably win this case. Obviously because Judge Kenyatta’s truck record leaves a lot to desired!!!
But what obviously is lacking in this Yale grad. is his professional judgement as a lawyer. He couldn’t even realise kuti the same case is criminal elsewhere. Ndiye YALE yo yili pati??? In any civilised country the dude belongs to jail.
Of course his morals obviously belongs to the dustbin, no doubt about that.
Look, in the history of Malawi, which cabinet minister’s office has ever been burned? My FOOT!!!
Simply the dude ndi gogo MBAVA!!!
SHAME!!!

Cadet wa Nyoo
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Cadet wa Nyoo

George Chaponda graduate from Yale university kuonetsa zisudzo. Ndipo uMbuli ndikulamula boma sizigwira,tinaonera pa JB. DPP WOYEEEEEEE Chaponda woooooyeeeee MSAKA wooooyyyeeee Tembenu wooooyyyyeeee.

John
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John

IT IS SAID THAT CHAPONDA IS A LAWYER FROM YALI mmmmmmh HE HAS COMPLETELY SHOWN THAT BUYING QUALIFICATION PAPERS DOESN’T HELP. MY FREE ADVICE TO HIM IS TO DROP THE WHOLE CASE OTHERWISE ACHITISIDWA MANYAZI. HE SHOULD ACCEPT THAT HE STOLE FROM THE POORER. TIMES GROUP HAS FULL EVIDENCE. IF HE IS DOUBTING LET HIM CONTINUE WITH THE CASE AND FACE THE MUSIC.

MONI WOCHOKELA KUNO KU THEKELENI- THYOLO

Ms.Olivia Kawere
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Ms.Olivia Kawere

Chaponda will get compensation for sure.Achina Mada Pianoman Mussa ankachita kulemba ma status otukwana pa facebook.No single journalist in the world does what happens at Times. They took the issue personal because of money they were getting from MCP. shame!

Francis Chikuyu
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Francis Chikuyu

Dr.George Chaponda and Prof.Peter Mutharika are the only two veeeeery Educated lawyers i know in this country. Munaona bwanji 51+ mmene mbuli zinalilira nayo.Next is Maizegate case and kenako 2019..Wina aliranso kuti tamubera.

Watha Nsanga
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Watha Nsanga

They are not educated, akulephera. Madegree olandila chifukwa chofuna kukweza blacks in America and Africans.

Ophunzira amalephera chonchi? Bola wosaphunzira Bakili Muluzi.

Halmiton Chikakuda
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Halmiton Chikakuda

Munthu opanda nzelu samasowadi eti? Timati YALE Osati YALI.Hehehehe. He studied law at the University of Zambia from 1976 to 1979 and at Yale University from 1980 to 1984. He was admitted to the Bar in 1980.

kotakota mtalamo
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kotakota mtalamo

Kuzolowela kuba Dr chaponda chimanga eti?

Sosten Matenje
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Sosten Matenje

Ukadzangomva wina akuti Chaponda waba chimanga or sanabe dziwa nzeru mulibe. Anzeru ali cheeeeeeteeeeee kudikira kukhothi.Emotions and social media comments will not yield anything.

Dean Gowa Nyamukeni
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Dean Gowa Nyamukeni

DPPPPP WOYEEEEE! Chaponda woooooyyyyeeeee! Simungatisunthe pambuyo pa Chaponda.Ofuna abwere ku mulanje ngati muli ndi mphanvu.

Watha Nsanga
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Watha Nsanga

How so imature can one be?

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