Moves to stop Zanu PF defamation case


KWEKWE war veterans leader and retired army captain David Mutiminyi Juro has appealed to Zanu PF Midlands provincial chairman Jason Machaya to order provincial secretary for security Owen “Mudha” Ncube to withdraw a $30 000 defamation lawsuit filed against him.

Report by Blessed Mhlanga

Juro argues the legal wrangle could expose internal party issues.

Ncube, Moses Murada and Tapiwa Muto — all top Zanu PF provincial activists — demanded $10 000 each as damages from Juro whom they accused of writing to the party’s national political commissar Webster Shamu alleging that they were fanning divisions in the party.

Through their lawyer Valentine Mutatu, the three on January 16, gave Juro a seven-day moratorium to pay damages or face legal action.
But on January 25, Juro appealed for Machaya’s intervention to stop the legal action arguing the matter could expose Zanu PF internal problems.

“To take party issues to civilians or public hearings could tarnish the image of the party especially at this stage where elections and a referendum are around the corner. We expected our provincial members to know that,” he wrote.

Juro contends that the three should have first exhausted all remedies provided for by the party before taking the legal route.
“All disputes should have been addressed within the party as indicated in our constitution as referred to in article 11 (1) (2) and (3).

“However, that is not the case, but they chose to do otherwise and they sued all those with different political opinions so as to cow them to silence,” Juro wrote.

The letter was copied to Ncube’s lawyers. Meanwhile, Machaya could not be reached for comment although his office yesterday confirmed receiving Juro’s letter.