Senior Counsel Modecai Msiska will make part of the team of lawyers who will represent Anti- Corruption Bureau Director General Martha Chizuma in the Ashok Nair case.
According to a court notice dated March 10, 2022, the ACB Director has appointed Msisha SC of Nyirenda and Msiska Law Offices, Pempho Likongwe of Likongwe and Company and Innocentia Ottober of Lloyds and Associates as her legal representation in the case.
Ottober has confirmed the development.
“I confirm that Modecai Msisha SC, Pempho Likongwe, myself and Martha Kaukonde are representing Martha Chizuma in the civil case and will also represent her in the criminal case,” Ottober said.
In the case, Zuneth Sattar’s business associate, Ashok Nair, also Ashok Kumar Sreedharan, sued Chizuma for defamation.
The lawsuit was in connection with an audio clip which leaked in January this year.
In the clip, Chizuma discussed investigations into Sattar’s alleged corrupt dealings with a person yet to be officially identified.
In a statement of claim, Nair’s lawyer Michael Goba Chipeta said the gist of what Chizuma said in the leaked clip was that Nair is an extremely corrupt person who corrupted a judge to have him released from prison where he was remanded.
The claim further indicated that the leaked clip suggested that Nair is so corrupt that the whole justice system would not help and that he is a criminal who has committed an offence punishable with imprisonment.
“By reason of the premises, the claimant has been greatly injured in his credit, character and reputation and has been brought into public scandal, ridicule, odium and contempt,” read the statement dated February 14 2022.
Nair then demanded damages, damages on the footing of aggravated or exemplary damages and costs for the action.
According the summon (civil case no. 62 of 2022), Ashok demanded damages from Chizuma for allegedly putting his name in bad light in the leaked audio.
Ashok was arrested alongside former Minister of Lands Kezzie Msukwa over corruption allegations in relation to some land deals.
They were both released unconditionally after seeking court’s intervention.