Indian national fined K2, 000 for defamation

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MUTINTA MULAYE writes

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THE Boma Local Court in Lusaka has ordered a man of Makeni to compensate his former workmate with K2, 000 for humiliating him by accusing him of not washing his body and that he smells.

This is in a case in which Charles Silupya, 24, sued Amahd Neshar, 48, of Makeni who was former work mate for defamation.

Silupya told magistrate Prudence Bwalya that he used to work for Concorde Construction and that one day as they were going for work in the company bus, Neshar picked up an argument with the driver and demanded  to know who gave him the permission to be picking him (Silupya) as well.

He said the next day after he boarded the same bus, Neshar again started to ask the driver who gave him the permission to pick him (Mr Silupya).

“I answered him myself that the boss is the one who allowed me in that bus. He then told both me and the driver that we should be bathing 3 times a day because we smell as we don’t bath,” Silupya said.

He told the court that Mr Neshar opened the door while the bus was moving, jumped off and told his fellow Indian friends to get off the bus and they did so.

He said even at work after he explained what had happened the boss told him that Neshar made a mistake and he should forgive him.

“The same day I fell sick and went home. Even the next day I didn’t report for work. My contract was supposed to end in December but just the next day I was told my contract has been terminated,” he said.

In defence Neshar did not deny the allegations and told the court that he already apologized to Silupya.

“I admit and I apologize but I did not tell anyone to get off the bus that day. They just got off on their own. Also, I did not say anything about him losing his job. I also don’t know why his contract was terminated,” he said.

The court found that Neshar uttered those words on his own admission and apologized and ordered him to compensate Silupya with K2, 000.

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