The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko challenging a decision by the High Court to throw out his application for rescission of judgement in a defamation lawsuit against the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ). Mphoko had filed a $50 million lawsuit against the ANZ after the Daily News had published an article in which former war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda claimed that Mphoko had sold out during the liberation struggle when he diverted weapons meant for Nkomo’s Zapu to Robert Mugabe’s Zanu.
Chief Justice Luke Malaba ruled that Mphoko had used the wrong procedure in seeking to retract the previous ruling, which had gone against him.
ANZ lawyer Alec Muchadehama said:
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Because they had failed to heed our advice, they were ordered to pay the costs of the aborted appeal.
This means that for now, Mphoko’s appeal is not before the courts and his outrageous defamation damages of $50 million have temporarily fallen away.
In terms of the rules, Mphoko may file an application for extension of time within which to file an appeal and for condonation of late noting of an appeal. If he does so, we will be advised.
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