Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Walter Mzembi has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) commissioner Goodson Nguni. Mzembi is alleging that Nguni wilfully published falsehoods when he claimed that Mzembi had gone into hiding, before his latest arrest.
Wrote Mzembi in his summons filed at the High Court on Wednesday,
In the statement, the defendant (Nguni) sounded that Zacc was hunting for the plaintiff (Mzembi). In his words, the defendant said that: ‘we have been looking for him since last Friday’ and to the contrary he says ‘he said he will hand himself over’. How can they be hunting for a person who is at his house and who always hands himself to the authorities when required to do so?
…The defendant as alluded is a Zacc commissioner and is employed in that capacity. However, he appears to have had incorporated the office of the spokesperson of Zacc and has since adopted and assumed the roles of the latter’s office
…Given the circumstances of the plaintiff, a lot of business which would have earned him so much income for survival has been subrogated and compromised.
The former minister has a number of cases pending at the courts.