Speaker wins K3.5 million in damages from MBC

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The High Court has ordered Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to pay Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya K3.5 million for a story claiming that the speaker had stolen a laptop.

The court has also ruled that the public broadcaster should retract the story and air an apology on TV and radio during five successive Chichewa and English bulletins.

Richard Msowoya

Msowoya bags MK3.5 Million from MBC.

Last year, Msowoya’s personal assistant Patrick Kayira was accused of stealing a laptop at the Ministry of Finance.

In its story on the issue, on April 15, 206, MBC said the Speaker sent Kayira to steal the laptop in order to spy on government.

This forced Msowoya to drag MBC to court arguing that the story “was understood to mean that Msowoya is a crook, untrustworthy, dishonest, corrupt, a thief, a pervert and a criminal.”

MBC however denied the speaker’s claims although the broadcaster admitted airing the story.

In a consent statement, the High court has endorsed that MBC should pay K2.5 million damages to the Speaker and K1 million for costs.

“The parties have agreed terms of compromise and considering to an order being drawn in such terms as hereinafter provides; The defendant do pay the sum of K1 million as party and party costs by June 21 2017. That upon default the plaintiff be at liberty to execute against the defendant,” reads the ruling.

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