Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) President Philip Chiyangwa has threatened to sue The Standard to the tune of $1 million over an article titled “Chiyangwa dirty deals exposed” which was published in the Standard edition of September 24.
Through his lawyers Mutamangira & Associates, Chiyangwa is demanding $1 million from The Standard, failure of which, he will issue out summons. Chiyangwa alleges that the article puts him in bad light as it insinuates that he is illegally stripping the football body of its properties. Part of the letter reads:
Our client’s position is that the title and entire contents of your article were false, and patently defamatory and injurious to his name and standing,” said the lawyers. “The article created an impression that our client is involved in illicit, illegal, immoral and improper transactions.
Further, the article presents our client as an untrustworthy, crooked, businessman and or leader, thereby engendering distrust, dislike and disdain for him in the eyes of reasonable members of the public and football stakeholders. As a result of your conduct, our client has suffered damages in the sum of $1 million.
We are instructed to demand payment of the full amount of $1million within the next three days, failing which we are under instruction to proceed, without any notification to you, and issue summons against you (Xolisani Ncube) in your personal capacity, Alpha Media Holdings in its capacity as the publisher of the newspaper and Munn Marketing (1992) Pvt Ltd in its capacity as the distributor of the newspaper.