Viola sues Malawi News for defamation: Demanding K250m in aggravated damages

Beleaguered Presidential Press Secretary, Gerald Viola on Wednesday, sued Malawi media giant, Times Group, on defamation charges over the story which appeared in the Malawi News alleging that Viola told the grouping that President Peter Mutharika may contemplate buying a jet once the economy improves.

Viola : Presidential press secretary sues
Viola : Presidential press secretary sues

According to the writ of summons filed at the High Court in Blantyre, Viola is asking for compensation for publishing “false” information to the public.

Viola’s lawyer, Ambokile Salim, in an interview with Nyasa Times confirmed that his client has indeed instructed him to sue the author of the story Gregory Gondwe as the first respondent, the editor as the second respondent and Times Group as the third respondent.

In a separate interview, Viola confirmed to have instructed his lawyers to sue the newspaper.

“Yes it is true that I have instructed my lawyers to commerce legal proceedings against times Group for the damages that I have suffered following their story in which they quoted me that President Peter Mutharika might consider buying the jet, I view that as total misrepresentation of facts,” said Viola.

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Manzi okeke ikechukwu
Manzi okeke ikechukwu
5 years ago

A viola matama mwagwa nayotu apa

KoKolikoko
5 years ago

Ngati mukufuna mumuyipitsire mbiri nzanu mwakhaula bola ife tikudziwa chilungamo!!!

vyla cant say that!”!!’

you stupid journalist if posibo change your false writtings you cant improve if you can prolong with your misceleneous …………..

levelheaded
5 years ago

Vyola did not call the president a puppet either. Times TV quoted him as saying some of the appointments in the government are not directly made by the president(which is normal in a democracy), later nyasatimes took advantage of that and reported as vyola saying so. They took reference to what one Mtata said of the president being a puppet(when most decisions are made by subbodinates instead of the president himself). The fight that is in the media isn’t that health at all. Remember that the Vyola you are fighting is a fellow journalist and a bonafied member of MISA… Read more »

John
John
5 years ago

ANAONEKA VIOLA KUTENGEKA! HOW CAN HE SAY IONLY REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT, NOBODY CAN FIRE ME? WHO SIGNED HIS LETTER OF EMPLOYMENT AT STATE HOUSE? WAS IT PETER? ANA OSAKHWIMA MAGANIZO AWA!

ngongoliwa
ngongoliwa
5 years ago

K250m is just an estimate. It can go up to K450m. Hahahaha mwana nsena watola chikwama basi.

JB
JB
5 years ago

yakula ndi nsanje. Gerald spoke very well but people are deriberately twisting the truth. sue them indeed. i know many people want the position even those who were kicked out of state house. people want to see APM changing press officers now and again, the same people amanyozanso APM ati he is intolorable, saupeza mtima. my advice to you Gerald: please dont get distructed, forcase on your job. Bravo!!

Omex70
Omex70
5 years ago

Foolish Viola. Your stupid mouth is the one which has put you in trouble not otherwise.

Denguzman
5 years ago

Voola, Voola apa ndiye Vooladi. Nanga apa tinene kuti pali ntchito apa? Ukamwa tea ndi anthu andale osamatukwana anthu amene ali kutali ndi anthu andale.

lemani
5 years ago

Viola knows what he is doing. As a person he has the right to seek some help from the people he thinks can bring the help to him

Therere
Therere
5 years ago

Pali kanthu apa, we have problems with our reporters they are not professional, they lean to a party and they don’t balance their stories

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