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HIV suit: MP files opposition


Insiza South MP Siyabonga Malandu Ncube (MDC) has instructed his lawyer to oppose the $1,5 million lawsuit filed against him last week by a female journalist who claims the legislator infected her with HIV.

Ncube’s lawyer, Kossam Ncube told NewsDay last week they had already prepared the notice of opposition and would file it at the High Court in Bulawayo Monday.

Ncube is on bail facing charges of allegedly deliberately infecting the female journalist with HIV. The case took a new twist last Thursday after the journalist sued for $1,5 million in damages.

The scribe, who cannot be named on legal grounds, is claiming $1 million being general damages for stress, psychological trauma, suffering and reduction of life expectancy she allegedly suffered following the alleged discovery of infection.

The journalist is also demanding $500 000 for future medical expenses which she envisages to incur in treatment and other ancillary expenditure associated with the HIV-positive condition.

The woman is also claiming an undisclosed amount which would be quantified at the time of the hearing or judgment to constitute past medical expenses which she allegedly incurred while seeking treatment and other ancillary expenditure associated with her HIV expenditure.

She is further demanding another $50 000 for damages for injuria as a result of Ncube for allegedly insulting her through mobile phone text messages referring to her as “sifebe” or whore.

The scribe has also filed to be paid interest on her claim on tempore morae (from time of proof of claim) or any other sum that may be awarded by the court instead, at the prescribed rate of interest calculated from the date of issue of summons to date of payment.

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