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The Lusaka High Court rejects Chitalu Chilufya’s claim for USD $50 million.

The Lusaka High Court has ruled that Chitalu Chilufya, a former minister of health, is not entitled to damages in the amount of US $50,000,000 in the case against the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

The claim was rejected by Judge Pixie Yangailo because it could not be measured or proven.

In this case, Dr. Chilufya sued ACC, alleging that the organization’s purportedly harmful publications had hurt his reputation.

Dr. Chitalu Chilufya was detained by the ACC in 2020 and charged with four counts of violating Section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010 by possessing property that was reasonably suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

On four counts of possession of property in violation of section 71 sub section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010, Dr. Chilufya was later found not guilty by the Magistrate.

However, Dr. Chilufya sued the Commission, claiming $50 million in special damages for his reputation, suffering, anxiety, and mental agony he allegedly had during the prosecution, as well as damages for libel and defamation, intimidation, and other claims.

Judge Yangailo also ruled that the $50 million claim should be rejected since it was embarrassing and couldn’t be quantified or proven.

According to a statement made by Queen Chibwe, spokesman for the ACC.

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