By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
LUSAKA businessman Valden Findlay has agreed with Chishimba Kambwili to have the Lusaka High Court enter consent judgment in a matter in which he sued the opposition leader seeking damages for accusing him of being a drug dealer and using the Presidential jet to traffic drugs.
In this matter, Mr Findlay is seeking an order of injunction restraining Mr Kambwili or his agents from uttering any defamatory remarks concerning him.
In his statement of claim filed in September of 2019, Mr Findlay stated that his reputation and character as a prominent businessman had been damaged as he has been labeled a drug dealer and trafficker.
But according to an application filed into court this month, the two now want the court to enter a consent judgement in favour of Mr Findlay on specific terms that he is not and has never been an associate in international drug dealing.
It was concluded that the two agreed that Mr Findlay has no influence on the decision made by President Edgar Lungu and that he does not obtain favours, business nor Government contracts by virtue of his friendship with the head of State.
Further that he has never used the Presidential plane to courier narcotic drugs and has never been jailed for a drug-related offence locally or internationally.
Mr Findlay also wants Mr Kambwili to pay damages for libel, slander and malicious falsehood provided that the same are to be agreed in default to be assessed by the Deputy Registrar.
He also wants the court to grant him permanent injunction effective the date of the judgement and that he will bear the costs of and incidental to the matter, the same are to be taxed in default of agreement.