Information and Communication Technology (ICT) minister Supa Mandiwanzira has filed a $2 million defamation lawsuit against Mabvuku-Tafara MP, James Maridadi, claiming he defamed him in an article published in the Daily News in May last year.
Mandiwanzira’s lawsuit follows an opinion piece by Maridadi, titled A chip off the old block, which referred to allegations that Mandiwanzira had forced the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) to buy him a $200 000 car. In his court application, Mandiwanzira claimed the article created an impression that he had abused his position as a Cabinet minister for his own personal gain.
He also claimed that the opinion piece had damaged his reputation in terms of his suitability to be a legislator and a Cabinet minister. The minister also cited Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), publishers of the Daily News, and its editor, Stanley Gama, as co-respondents. Meanwhile, ANZ and Gama have since entered appearance to defend notices, whereas Maridadi is yet to act on the summons.