Top lawyer Advocate Fadzayi Mahere is suing fellow lawyer and writer Petina Gappah for defamation of character. Mahere has filed summons at the High Court while Gappah is yet to respond.
In a series of tweets on 29 September this year, Gappah made a number of accusations against Mahere. According to Gappah:
- Mahere did not qualify to study law at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and was only admitted because of her father’s influence. Her father, Stephen Mahere once served as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture.
- Mahere only got admitted to Cambridge University because Gappah had edited and almost completely rewritten Mahere’s application essay.
- Mahere attempted to sleep with Gappah’s partner
Gappah later issued an apology to Mahere and to all those who had seen the exchange.