Zanu-PF Central Committee member, Phillip Chiyangwa, has taken the party’s Harare women’s league provincial chairperson, Ratidzo Mukarati, to court demanding $1 million from her over alleged defamatory statements she said at the women’s national meeting held on 7 June.
The meeting was attended by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and senior government and party officials. Through his lawyers Mutamangira and Associates, Chiyangwa said Mukarati pleaded with Mnangagwa to deal with him for allegedly selling land at Eyrecourt Farm to Zanu PF party members at exorbitant prices. Chiyangwa said Mukarati tarnished his image and “falsely insinuated that the plaintiff is an unscrupulous businessman who charges excessive prices for urban land’. Said Chiyangwa:
In general, defendant’s utterances are wholly devoid of truth and substance and in light of her position in the party and the forum before which she chose to present the fabricated allegations, the good name and reputation of the plaintiff has been besmirched and will suffer irredeemably in politics, business, sport and standing in society at large. The plaintiff, therefore, claims against the defendant damages for defamation in the sum of $1 000 000.