After Norton legislator Temba Mliswa laid into Innscor Board member Addington Bexley Chinake and co founders Mike Fowler and Zinona ‘Zed’ Koudounaris accusing them of being racists among other allegations like insinuating that Chinake is gay, Chinake’s legal team has written to Twitter asking the birdy app( as fans call it) to take down the former Zanu PF member’s account for violating the platform’s rules and regulations, ZimLive reports.
A letter seen by the publication sent to Twitter by Chinake’s legal team reads in part:
We consider that the tweets… contain racial slurs and perpetuate a racist trope of a black African who has personally benefited from the disenfranchisement and exploitation of other black people by white Africans and Asian Africans
the chain of tweets also make wide ranging generalised slurs against white and Asian Africans, which are particularly sensitive in a country which has historically experiences serious unrest and violence along racial lines
Whilst our client is not a homosexual, the suggestion that our client is a homosexual is a serious one in Zimbabwe, where homosexual acts between men are illegal and violence against gay men is prevalent. This allegation alone, is tantamount to an incitement to violence against him.
Furthermore, we consider that the chain of allegations perpetuates a discriminatory trope that homosexuals as a group are engaged in corruption, favouring only people of the same orientation who bestow them with sexual favours
Mliswa has however said Chinake is not suing him because what he said is true.
So I hear Addington Chinake feels the best way to counter my allegations is to approach Twitter for my account to be closed rather than sue me. If I was lying, I’d probably agree, but I’m prepared to stand up in court any day for what I said.