The Mzuzu Asian Community is claiming K100 million ($400 000) from the Mzuzu City Council Town Planning Committee for defamation.
A letter of claim from lawyers Lameck and Company dated August 23 2012 says they have received instructions from Asema Jabi and Lwana Investments, to claim damages for defamation and unconditional apology over remarks the committee allegedly made in an interview with online publication Nyasa Times on July 29 2012.
The letter of claim says the report alleged that “the Asians rejected land in Zolozolo because they did not want to be buried next to blacks.”
Mzuzu City chief executive officer Richard Hara on Tuesday confirmed receiving copy of the claim and said they will respond accordingly to the claim.
The claim states the alleged statement has been understood by reasonable thinking members of society that the claimants are practising discrimination against the black community which is defamatory.
“We do not have to emphasise that the above statement is not only defamatory but inflammatory as well and paints a very bad picture against the Mzuzu Asian Community.