Harare based political consultant, Timothy Mapfumo has taken the ruling Zanu-PF party to the High Court demanding $1.5 million in damages after alleging that the party stole his campaign concept which he designed for President Emmerson Mnangagwa. In the court papers filed at the Masvingo High Court on Monday, Mapfumo says,
On March 21, 2018, plaintiff (Mapfumo) through an email released the concept document to the second respondent ( Clantorn Mpengesi, an official in the party’s commissariat department) and the concept document is attached hereto as Annexure ‘A’. The document/concept, in essence, portrays the many faces of ED (Emmerson Mnangagwa) as he represents: RE- Engagement, No to corruption, indigenisation, command agriculture and youth jobs among other areas of interest.
…The second defendant became evasive and eventually disappeared from the scene together with the concept document. However, to plaintiff’s surprise, the concept was implemented through billboards carrying the message of the many faces of ED. The television programmes flighted adverts and other materials showing the many faces of ED and the first defendant’s messages at its campaign rallies followed suit…Up to date, the second defendant has not been on the scene to explain how the concept ended up being implemented without finalising the payment issues. Meanwhile, the first defendant is equally evasive and is bent on frustrating the plaintiff from receiving his dues
However, Zanu-PF dismissed the issue saying that the party would defend itself in the courts.