Zanu-PF legislator Dexter Nduna is suing Norton Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa for character assassination, claiming $10 million in damages for being labelled a thief.
Nduna, has hired Harare lawyers Chambati, Mataka and Makonese. He says Mliswa’s utterances that he stole millions of dollars belonging to the Zimbabwe National Roads Authority have damaged his reputation. In a harsh exchange of words on Monday during a parliamentary mines committee meeting in Zimbabwe’s capital, Mliswa claimed Nduna stole public funds while he was chairperson of the transport parliamentary committee. An angry Nduna responded and said he has killed some people but did not elaborate. Mliswa, who has been temporarily relieved of his chairmanship of the mines committee, allegedly solicited for a $400,000 from a potential mine investor. Nduna allegedly wants to chair the parliamentary mines committee.
In papers filed at the High Court Tuesday, Nduna’s lawyers said Mliswa addressed some media organizations soon after their clash in parliament. Mliswa allegedly told journalists that Nduna went around soliciting for money during his tenure of office of the 8th parliament as chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport in the name of the Speaker of Parliament.