RULING in the case where Hakainde Hichilema has sued Chilufya Tayali for defamation has been set for March 13.
The Livingstone High Court had last year granted Hichilema, the UPND president, an order of interim injunction restraining Tayali from
publishing defamatory words against him.
Hichilema, through his lawyers L M Chambers, on December 7, 2017 gave Tayali 48 hours in which to apologise and withdraw his statement which
he posted on his Facebook page alleging that the UPND leader was a Freemason.
Hichilema had further demanded that Tayali tenders a written apology within the said period or face a court process.
But Tayali later posted on his page that he could prove that Hichilema practiced Freemasonry.
According to a notice of ruling dated March 7 issued by justice Chilombo Phiri and copied to Hichilema’s lawyer, the ruling would be made in Livingstone.
“Take Notice that ruling in the above cause will be delivered by the High Court at Livingstone on the 13th Day of March 2018 before Honourable Mrs. Justice Chilombo Maka-Phiri,” reads the notice.
On January 4, Livingstone police officers saved Tayali, who is president of the Economic and Equity Party (EEP), from lynching by UPND youths, prompting High Court officers to usher him into a secretary’s office.
Later, Tayali told judge Maka-Phiri that he was in danger in Livingstone and requested that the matter be transferred to Lusaka.