Lusaka ~ Fri, 4 Dec 2020
By Brightwell Chabusha
Hungry Lion Limited has said the claim by a woman that she consumed a chicken which contained maggots is suspicious.
Lusaka woman Bertha Bwale has sued Hungry Lion Limited demanding K1 million as compensation for subjecting her to eating chicken and chips which had maggots.
Me Bwale claims that she bought the chicken and chips from Hungry Lion at Manda Hill and is now claiming general damages, damages for mental anguish, stress, inconvenience, costs and any other relief that the court might deem fit.
However, in its defence filed in court, Hungry Lion Limited has denied that the chicken which Ms Bwale bought had maggots, explaining that the alleged maggots were only at a specific portion of the food.
“When we inspected the picture of the chicken allegedly bought from our premises, it was noticed that the alleged maggots were only at a specific portion of the food and it did not appear to have been embedded in the food which makes the whole claim suspicious,” it stated.
Hungry Lion admitted that Ms Bwale ordered chicken and chips at its outlet at Manda Hill on September 5, 2019 but denied that she ate the food from the outlet and in the process discovered maggots.
“The plaintiff carried the food away upon being served and did not consume it from our premises as she implied,” the defendant stated.
Hungry Lion Limited explained that when Ms Bwale phoned to inform the defendant of the alleged incident, she was asked to go to the premises with a pay forward taxi and was subsequently attended to.
Hungry Lion Limited stated that Ms Bwale later returned with inspectors from the Lusaka City Council, who conducted an inspection of the defendant’s process of production of the food from the beginning to the end, and the inspectors concluded that it was not possible for maggots to survive in such a system.
“The defendant will show at trial that its chicken and chips are transported and stored in a frozen state and only defrosted when being cooked. The food is cooked in bulk at 140 degrees temperature and sold the same day,” stated Hungry Lion.