Miles Sampa, President Michael Sata’s nephew, this morning took to social media to announce victory in a court case litigated in the United States of America against a defunt rumour based online publication known as Kachepa360.
Sampa, who is also Matero member of parliament, used the opportunity to warn those running critical websites in Zambia that have so far been blocked by President Sata and the Patriotic Front regime not to hide behind the veil of anonymity as the law could catch up with them. Although blocked, the websites can still be accessed in Zambia through various proxies and facebook.
Kachepa360, which has close to two years not been present on cyberspace, had once catalogued Sampa’s alleged extra marital affairs in Lusaka claiming he had a penchant desire for models and college students many of whom the publication alleged he had sired children with.
Below is Miles Sampa’s celebratory message
Miles Sampa Vs Kachepa360 (Chisala Mulenga) 09.09.13
In order to vindicate my name from perennial slanderous and unsubstantiated allegations directed at me by the online publication Kachepa360, I took up the matter in the USA courts of law where the defendant is domiciled.
After months of deliberations, the case was awarded in my favour against the promoter of the Publication Kachepa360, Ms Chisala Mulenga, and I have been awarded damages amounting to USD $50,000 at 12 % interest from November 2012.
Although I welcome criticism, I believe that the journalism profession should be unbiased, factual and professional regardless of the location of their residence or the medium used to disseminate their information.
I decided on pursuing this matter in the relevant courts abroad to demonstrate that accountability is a standard for all, even for online publications which may feel that they are beyond the reach of the Law.
The case was heard and judgment delivered by Hon. Judge Patrick J. Brady in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. I wish to commend and thank the USA justice system and my lawyer Mr Theodore Folkman.
I pledge to donate funds received from this judgement to charity NGOs both in Matero and other parts of Zambia.
Miles Sampa, MP