Zambia Sugar Plc has been sued for wrongful imprisonment of Abdul Suppliers and General Dealers Limited managing director Adul Uwayezu.
The company and its director are claiming damages for wrongful imprisonment of Mr Uwayezu which allegedly caused humiliation after Zambia Sugar accused him of selling counterfeit sugar.
Abdul Suppliers and General Dealers Limited is the first plaintiff in the matter while Mr Uwayezu is the second complainant.
According to a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, Mr Uwayezu was employed as managing director of Abdul Suppliers and General Dealers Limited.
The statement states that during trial, Abdul Suppliers and General Dealers Limited and Mr Uwayezu told the court that they are general dealers who buy and re-sell various commodities such as sugar. “The plaintiffs shall at trial that some time on May 11 this year, they purchased a kilogramme bale of sugar from Paza Trading Company Limited, a Zambia Sugar agent,” the statement reads in part.
Abdul Suppliers and General Dealers Limited engaged Paza Trading Company Limited to resell sugar and issued it with an invoice number 1779.
On June 4, Zambia Sugar agents accompanied by police officers, went to a shop belonging to Abdul Suppliers and General Dealers Limited in City Market and accused Mr Uwayezu of selling counterfeit sugar.
Mr Uwayezu was later detained and allegedly falsely detained for two days without being charged under the alleged instruction of Zambia Sugar.
But investigations into the matter later revealed that the alleged counterfeit sugar was infact genuine. As a result of the incident, Mr Uwayezu claims the public has a perception that he sells fake products. Mr Uwayezu is now demanding aggravated damages for loss of business.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old woman of Misisi township yesterday appeared before magistrate David Simusamba for allegedly stabbing her 22-year-old husband to death after a marital dispute. Pauline Banda is alleged to have stabbed Moses Mumbi with a knife in September this year.
According to police records, Pauline allegedly stabbed Mr Banda in the chest around 17:30 hours. Mr Banda’s body was found in a pool of blood by his younger brother who later reported the matter to police.
The body had a deep cut on the left side of the chest. Magistrate Simusamba told Pauline that she will only be appearing in the magistrate’s court for mention while waiting for instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions for her to be committed to the High Court.