DR Aaron Mujajati has asked the Lusaka High Court to enter judgment in default of appearance and defense against health minister Chitalu Chilufya in a matter he sued him for defamation of character. Dr Mujajati, who has cited the Attorney General, wants the court to enter judgment in default in his favour because neither Dr Chilufya nor the Attorney General had filed their defence in he matter. In this case, the former registrar of Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) is claiming damages for defamation of character over allegations that he was being irrational and inhuman for closing down health institutions on flimsy grounds.
Mujajati also wants the court to grant him an injunction restraining Dr Chilufya from uttering further defamatory words. In an affidavit in support of summons to enter judgment in default of appearance and defence, the complainant’s lawyer Morris Lungu said that 14 days had elapsed since the matter was commenced and served on the defendant but they have not responded. Dr Mujajati said the matter was commenced by way of writ of summons and statement of claim against the first and second defendants on May 24, 2019 and was served on the defendants the same day.
“The defendants have not entered an appearance nor filed a defence to the writ of summons and statement of claim and the 14 days when which they were required to do so has since elapsed,” said Dr Mujajati.
“In the premises, we are therefore applying for leave to enter judgment in default of appearance and defence in the matter.”