Goche files $500k lawsuit

HARARE - Nicholas Goche, the Labour minister, has filed a $500 000 defamation claim against NewsDay and its publisher Alpha Media Holdings (AMH).

The minister, through his lawyers, Nyika Kanengoni and Partners, filed papers at the High Court demanding damages for alleged defamatory articles written by the NewsDay on February 20 titled “Zinara boss caught in Air Zim’s insurance saga.”

In the story, the paper alleged the ministry of Transport during the inclusive government era, which was then under Goche, was at the core of the rot at Air Zimbabwe.

The paper claimed Goche’s children were senior executives at the airline’s insurer, Champions Insurance, a claim the minister has strenuously denied.

The minister says the paper on the following day carried an editorial comment stating that he as Transport minister participated and condoned the rot at Air Zimbabwe.

Goche said the comment insinuated that he colluded with parastatal heads in the looting of resources from quasi-government institutions and other entities under his ministry.

“As a result of the publication, the plaintiff has been damaged in his reputation and his professional, personal and social reputation has suffered by the defendants’ false and defamatory lies,” Goche’s papers say, adding he prayed for “payment of the sum of $500 000 being defamation damages.”

Comments (9)

If you have nothing to hide don't fight the truth comes out whether we like it or not. If you are hiding something then by all means ask the lawyers to scare the people in submission it works this Zimbabwe after all the land fear and intimidation. People are told to shut up or the CIO will come get you and you disappear for good.

Roland Cele - 4 March 2014

Hey Nicholas Goche, what is your point? Are your family members not connected to the insurers? Please come out clearly otherwise it appears you just want it recorded publicly that you said something and in private you wont pursue the matter !

Sekuru Chokocha - 4 March 2014

What surprises me are the amounts demanded by these politicians in their many lawsuits. They always demand huge amounts, such as the one demanded by Goche. Others have demanded US$3m, US$10m! Are these people living in the same Zimbabwe with us, or they are in their own Zimbabwe where US$500 000 is a very small amount?

Tariro - 4 March 2014

look at the amounts that are demanded by the looters, this shows the world that they live is totally different from us..nxaaa

virus detected - 4 March 2014

Goche no doubt is a thief,if he is not why didn't he expose the rot at the air zim. he wants to exonerate himself through those cheap intimidatory tactics.get away theif

mambara - 4 March 2014

they are all a pack of rodents who have been enjoying freebies from their demigod through patronage. mukuru aiitira izvi kuti arambe aripachigaro, which in itself is another form of corruption

garbage dumpsite rodents - 4 March 2014

What reputation is he talking about-worth $500,000-what a joke?-this is US$ not Gono's bearers cheque currecy!

Mashona Sibanda - 5 March 2014

Goche has no professional, social or personal reputation to talk about. He squandered that a long time ago and has nothing left in any of those accounts. What did he do then to stop the rot. He should be investigated for allowing the building of sub-standard toll gates that have had to be pulled down soon after their completion. What a waste of taxpayer's money.

Rook - 5 March 2014

It doesn't matter what opinion is of Goche...If the Daily News got it wrong and defamed him they should retract and apologise. They said his children were execs at the insurer...false They said he colluded with Air Zim Mgt to loot.......unproven That is defamation..A newspaper has duty to report factually

wezhira wezhara - 5 March 2014

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