BY HARRIET CHIKANDIWA
ZIMBABWE Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) commissioner Gabriel Chaibva faces a US$1 million lawsuit if he does not retract his claims that the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) was plotting anarchy.
In a post on Twitter, Chaibva alleged that civil society groups such as the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) and (ZLHR) were planning a national shutdown accompanied by violent protests.
ZLHR, through lawyer Tinomuda Shoko, yesterday described Chaibva’s tweet as defamatory before demanding a retraction within 24 hours saying the post implied that the human rights’ body was organising civil unrest.
6a) Zimbabwe is likely to experience some politically motivated violence in the coming few days. I have been informed it will start with general strikes from workers unions like ARTUZ and ZCTU, then some human rights NGOs such as Crisis Coalition Zimbabwe….
— Chaibva Gabriel (@ChaibvaG) May 27, 2022
“The information you posted in your tweet is false in every respect and is calculated as it damages the reputation and standing of the ZLHR,” Shoko wrote.
“While we appreciate that there is a constitutionally guaranteed right to petition peacefully, the organisation has never called or supported any protest, and the organisation’s communication portals are evident of such. There was no single incident where ZLHR has sent any information to any organisation or published any information calling for a stayaway and does not intend to do so.
“The information which you posted on your tweet is not only false, but highly defamatory in that it creates an impression in the minds of any reasonable person that the ZLHR are masterminds and instigators of political violence and civil unrest,” ZLHR said.
ZLHR added that Chaibva’s post portrayed them as an unprofessional body.
Chaibva was not reachable for comment yesterday.
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