Independent legislator for Norton, Temba Mliswa has been sued by Chivi South Zanu PF MP Killer Zivhu who is demanding $1 million as defamation damages. Zivhu is alleging that Mliswa defamed him on Twitter when he made statements saying that Zivhu was a land baron. In his court papers, Zivhu said,
Defendant operates a Twitter account under the name Hon. Temba P. Mliswa- @TembaMliswa and since the 25th of April 2017 to date, the defendant has been using the social media platform to ‘tweet’ defamatory statements suggesting that the plaintiff (Zivhu) is corrupt and that he is a thief who corruptly acquired land in Norton, which he has failed to develop and sells dubious stands to Galloway residents and does not provide them with title deeds.
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The defendant’s Twitter account is widely viewed as he has a large number of followers and these particular tweets have been retweeted by other Twitter users, thereby further broadening the viewership of these defamatory tweets and allegations.
Mliswa is yet to respond to the claims.
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