Malawi  expectant mom sues CCAP church for defamation

A pregnant woman in Ntchisi has dragged Ntchisi CCAP church to court for allegedly defaming her after members of the church confronted her to enquire if the man responsible for the pregnancy was a member of their church.

Portrait of pregnant African woman:Image by © Terry Vine/Blend Images/Corbis

Portrait of pregnant African woman:Image by © Terry Vine/Blend Images/Corbis

The woman, Ruth Maundu, 32, complained that her rights to privacy were infringed and her name defamed due to the enquiry that the church was carrying on her.

“There is no way the whole church could be discussing me and my pregnancy. If I was a member of their church, it could be okay but am not. Yet they are on me for their in-house problems,” said the woman in court.

Details of the case were that one of the elder members of the church was suspected to have been going out with Ruth and later it was rumoured that he had impregnated her.

The church instituted an enquiry group to get the truth of the matter so that the suspected member could be excommunicated to ‘maintain the dignity of the church’ that’s according to a Mr. Chisudzi, one of the elders who represented the church on the case.

The church which was represented by 9 members was at task to explain in court on why it went out to enquire on a woman who was not the member of the church.

Speaking in court, Ruth said she was very surprised with the enquiry considering that she was married and that she did not belong to the CCAP.

“I feel my privacy has been infringed and my name defamed. People are taking me to be a prostitute and this has affected my marriage. My husband is angry with the news and has stopped supporting me. That’s why I want the church to compensate me for the damages,” said Ruth.

When the magistrate asked her how much she wanted for compensation. Ruth who is a business lady at Ntchisi Trading Centre could not be drawn to mention the amount she expected for the damages but said it was the court’s discretion to determine the amount for the damages.

Second Grade magistrate Young Ng’oma adjourned the case to 27th January when the church will defend itself and asked the 9 representatives to choose a leader who would speak on behalf of the church.

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luis sakala
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Sorry

cbk
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# suicide bonza.leave sda alone,sin is sin.no church can condone that according to the teaching of the master Jesus.how can yu label another church for a particular sin and take yurself as holy.search yurself and repent.dont take what those reciting poetly says.

Davis Machiwi
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something happened, the church can not organise an iquiry pa zinthu zomwe sizoona

mahara
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amayi ngati mumapemphera ndibwino kungogwada kwa mulungu wanu chifukwa mukalimbana ndianthu sizikunthandizani konse.these are endtimes coz munthu kutengera mpingo kukhoti ayi ndithu.

Redeemed
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And the relevency of the picture being?

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
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MA CHALICHI CHONDE MUZISATILANI DONGOTSOLO LA BWINO POCHITA ZITHU, OSATI KUPUPULUMA AYI, FUSA MALOWA ANU POYAMBA AKUTHANDIZENI.

william chimwezi
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chikumulimbitsa mtima mayiyu ndi mtsogoleri wotayikayu kuti apite ku court

Bonyonyo
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Lord have mercy

max
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chilipo chinachitika ndi mtsogoleri ameneyu atsogoleri sangangomuganizira ayi,mkuluwampingoyu mkutheka anadya mayiyu.koma kuti manasoweka mzeru ndipopita kukafufuza kwa mayiyu amene si membara wa CCAP.koma izi sizachilendo azitsogoleri ambiri akudyerera azimayi mwa mseri ena mpakana mahule akumadya ndithu.Ambuye atithandiz

Mwalubazi
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Church elders please do your own business look Now who wil Pay the Price??

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