By Rhodah Mvula

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has filed an application in the Lusaka High Court to strike out FDD leader, Edith Nawakwi’s defence in the matter he has sued her for defamation.

Mr. Hichilema has submitted that Ms. Nawakwi filed in her defence after the elapse of the stipulated 14 days period.

In this matter, Mr. Hichilema has sued Ms. Nawakwi for defamation, demanding US$3 million as damages for alleging that he illegally benefited from the privatization of state institutions.

The UPND leader made an application for the court to enter judgment in default of defence after the 14 days elapsed, before she filed her defence.

Mr. Hichilema says Ms. Nawakwi ought to have sought leave of the court to file her defence out of time.



  1. Whether the Court considers Nawakwi’s defense or not, the Odds are gravely against her. What she did to her former classmate is worse than Witchcraft! You have to be nice to your former classmates! Former classmates are like Family!

  2. Why are Edith’s lawyers messing up her case like this? Even student lawyers know that applying for court’s leave to file a defence after the lapse of the 14 days is the correct procedure to follow.

  3. Edith Nawakwi’s lawyer is Chifumu Banda, a state counsel and former solicitor general of the Republic of Zambia. Why did he make such a basic mistake? Is this acceptable from a state counsel? It should be interesting to see how the court will deal with this.


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