NPL chairman slaps Ngarizemo with R500 000 defamation suit

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Chairperson of the Namibia Premier League (NPL) Patrick Kauta is suing Young African Football Club owner Mali Ngarizemo for R500 000 for defamation of character, that is according to New Era Live.

Kauta further demands that Ngarizemo tenders an unreserved and unconditional apology for slandering his persona.

The prominent lawyer and popular businessman, filed the defamation lawsuit on Wednesday in the Windhoek High Court, claiming that Ngarizemo – a staunch member of the scandalous Progressive Forces – accused him of having paid bribes; of having acted corruptly or unlawfully in his business dealings and also portrayed him as a person with no professional credibility and integrity.

Not only that, but Kauta further claims that Ngarizemo intentionally made the alleged insults with a sole purpose to injure his reputation and lower his esteem in the eyes of the sport, business and law fraternities as well as the general public.

According to Kauta, Ngarizemo – whose club Young African FC status in the newly-formed Namibia Premier Football League (NPFL) is still a serious bone of contention as the club is yet to pay its R100 000 fine in order to overturn its ban from partaking in all Namibia Football Association (NFA)-sanctioned activities – made the defamatory remarks on the Progressive Forces WhatsApp group on or about 6 March 2021.

On the said WhatsApp group, Ngarizemo is said to have accused Kauta of paying bribes to a certain Filipus Mayambi Dala and other members of the four northern regions (Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshikoto) for them not to partake in the voting process at the 2020 NFA elective congress, which was won by the incumbent Ranga Haikali.

On the same WhatsApp group, Kauta – who is also chairman of Katutura glamour football club African Stars – claims that Ngarizemo went on to portray him as a corrupt and dubious person with poor morals and not fit to hold any leadership position.

As a result, Kauta feels aggrieved and his reputation unfairly damaged, and has therefore filed a R500 000 defamation lawsuit against Ngarizemo, seeking damages and an unreserved apology from the latter without further delay.

“The defendant statements, innuendos, insinuations and suggestions were widely published to the sixty-two (62) participants of the aforesaid WhatsApp group and were further circulated out of the WhatsApp group to various other persons and groups who are not participants of the aforesaid WhatsApp group, including to the plaintiff and journalists,” reads part of Kauta’s combined summons.

“The magnitude of the circulation of the publication is such that it is readily available to any user of smart electronic devices worldwide.

“The statements, innuendos, insinuations and suggestions by the defendant regarding the plaintiff are false and were published with the intention to defame the plaintiff.”

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By FARPost Reporter 

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