Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation’s (Admarc) Chief Executive Office (CEO) Foster Mulumbe has obtained a court injunction stopping Times Group from publishing what the court document calls “false and untrue” stories about him and the corporation.
Times Group’s publication The Daily Times has been carrying a series of revealing stories about a suspicious maize deal between Admarc and a Zambian company Kaloswe Commuter and Courier Limited.
In the stories in question, The Daily Times paraded documents of the deal between Admarc and the Zambian company which Mulumbe duly signed.
Despite the documents with his signature, Mulumbe has been denying involvement in the deal.
According to the court injunction, Admarc and Mulumbe, who are first and second plaintiffs respectively, are stopping Reporter Ntchindi Meki, The Daily Times’ Assistant Editor, Madalitso Musa, and Blantyre Newspapers Limited, company under Times Group— who are first, second and third defendants respectively—from writing about the maize deal.
“This order restrains you, either by yourself, your servant, agents or whosoever other from publishing and/ or broadcasting false and untrue stories about the Plaintiffs in relation to the procurement of maize from the Republic of Zambia and/ or anything related thereto until determination of this matter or until a further Order of the Court.
“If you disobey this order, you may be found guilty of contempt of court and may be sent to prison or fined or your assets may be seized,” reads the court order.
When asked for his comment, Musa, while wondering why he has been included on the list of defendants, said:
“Is it because of my opinion in the column Tales of Time? Well if that is the case then I always know the truth has a way of always coming out. I am a professional and law-abiding citizen. I carry the torch that scares darkness,” Musa said.
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