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Duo sue Ponga, AG over ejection from FAZ AGM

TWO football administrators on the Copperbelt have sued FAZ secretary general Ponga Liwewe and the Attorney General demanding damages for being forcefully ejected from the Annual General Meeting in March this year.

The complainants in this case are Kelvin Chipili of ZANAMA Rovers FC and Damiano Mutale of Damiano Academy.

According to a statement of claim filed in the Kitwe High Court, the duo is claiming that the action taken by the first defendant (Liwewe) caused alarm and distress from the two in turn preventing them from participating in the affairs of FAZ.

They claim that they were embarrassed, harassed and their reputation as football administrators injured.

“Ponga knew and intended the action of blocking us and removing us from the AGM meeting, which injured our reputation as football administrators. In its ordinary meaning the action taken portrayed the meaning that we were trouble makers, violent and not fit to run football affairs of the nation at any level. Ponga went further to victimise us to an extent of instituting disciplinary proceedings against us for lodging a complaint against FAZ president Andrew Kamanga for allegedly abuse of authority of office and proceeded to sanction a life ban against us from football activities,” the statement of claim read in part.

The two men are demanding for damages of been injured in their reputation, football administration careers and been exposed to mental anguish and torture.

“Damages for defamation of character. Damages for assault against the second defendant (Attorney General). Damages for harassment. An order of injunction restraining Liwewe or servants or agents from harassing them by way of bring up trumped-up charges against them.”

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