Opposition MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai has given Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko 7 days to publicly apologise for claiming that Tsvangirai was involved in an attempt to kill the late Father Zimbabwe, Joshua Nkomo during the Gukurahundi era. Tsvangirai is threatening to sue Mphoko for defamation.
In a letter delivered to Mphoko’s office, Tsvangirai through his lawyers writes:
You must realise now, in the context of the falsity of your statements, that your allegations against our client regarding Gukurahundi are not only untruthful, they are terribly defamatory.
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Your false statements incorrectly portrayed our client as a cruel, murderous and evil person, who would associate himself with, and participate in horrendous activities of the Gukurahundi-era madness.
The defamatory allegations also cast our client as a dishonest politician, who would make the public believe that he cares about justice for victims of the Gukurahundi massacres, when, in fact, he had participated in the persecution of the said victims.
Mphoko has tried to absolve President Robert Mugabe of any role in the Gukurahundi Massacres, arguing that it was a Western plot.