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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  1. Even pa premier bet sungawine ndramangat zimenezo lapondalamphawi pamenepo ndithu inu ndi ine kunamizilidwa lero nkukasuma kukhathi akangokuuzakuti pepesanani sinkhani zobwerakuno zimenezi koma abale 3 point what?

  2. How does Philip business and mbc management feels about this and how bias they are in their broadcasting…our taxi money is being abused

  3. Stupid MBC…kumangolemba anthu oti sadalowe class sakudziwa kuti defamation imatanthawuza chani. kumangikakamira nkhalamba zomwezomwezooo kuti zizigwira ntchito. I hate it.

  4. Asaah!First Come,first Serve.Let Us Hav Our S.Promo.Arrears B4 U Serve dat August Hs member.2012 mpaka 2dy!Mmmmm.

  5. Thonje lilima ndekha mwapanga mlandu cholinga 10000 yanga ya nsonkho mudye kuchikamwa sindiseka chiphwisi ine chonunkha

  6. Kubetsa ndalama zathu chifukwa chamabodza. Wailesi ya mtundu wanji yosatha kufufuza nkhani? Ine ndisiya kale kale kumvera wailesiyi nthawi ya a china mercy chipeta, zeria banda ndi ena akale.

  7. its a fact that speakers of august house are prone to winning court cases……my simple research found that 50% of speakers of august house usually are subject to defamation which is long run drives them into compensation thru court order.

    Sir Midley Smith of Austria, was compensated by the The Australian federal beraural for deliberately Implucating him onncorruptiin charges.he was compensated millions nd millions,

    Sir James Polk, the then president of US, was once splashed with millions of dollars…..after being found innocent in a consipirancy allegations. and so was Henry Clay alongside ….bandurrrah of Mauritius …kaya nde tiziti amayuza mtera wanj….kaya

  8. mwatsala mafumu mumakatokota ku mbc aja. And I want someone to sue Phillip Business in his personal capacity. Adzaone polekera

  9. palibepo cha nzeru apa..a speaker akutibera masanasana..nde mudziti you are fighting corruption? anthu akuba inu..nde mudzingotsutsabetu…

  10. That’s what happens when you’re fighting with the driver, he can sway the car to his opposite direction. Nde a MBC mmaona ngati court kapena parliament zili m’banja la Munthalika kuti muwina mlandu…… Shame eee, the taxpayer’s money is going to an individual.

  11. Yah dat is gud news,speaker cant stole a laptop.Do you knw dat MBC is an abbreviation?n do u knw its meaning? M-Mutharika B-Broadcasting S-Station.y u hate msowoya?atolankhani aku mbc ndizitsiru k3.5m ikunenedwayo its our tax panafunika ndalama zimenezi apereke ndatola nkhaniwo.fuck u!

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