Mawere demands $2m from Mugabe's nephew

HARARE - Businessman Mutumwa Mawere has written a letter to President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao demanding a whopping $2 million for defamation.

Mawere, through his lawyers Chivore & Partners Legal Practitioners, wrote the letter on January 7, this year.

The lawyers said the defamatory statements appeared in an article which Zhuwao authored in the Sunday Mail newspaper of November 23, 2014 titled, “Bad leaders must be kicked out”.

They said in the article, Zhuwao had insinuated that Mawere was a thief and a Speculative Political Entrepreneur (SPE).

“Despite demand that you withdraw the false and defamatory statements relating to our client, or alternatively tender proof to our client that he is an SPE and a thief, you have failed, neglected and or refused to do so.

“Accordingly, we are instructed to demand, as we hereby do, that you publicly retract statements attributed to our client within five days of receipt of this letter failing which we are instructed to demand payment of the amount of $2 000 000 together with interest at the prescribed rate calculated from November 30, 2014 to date of full payment, at our offices within seven days of this letter being general damages for defamation, failing which legal process will be issued against you without further notice,” the lawyers said.

The lawyers said the article portrayed their client as immoral, unethical and one who acts in a criminal manner in his business dealings, which they said was not true. They said the article had an effect of damaging their client’s reputation as a businessman.

“In that article, you defined an SPE as a commercial and business oriented individual who seeks to abuse access to political influence for personal and individual commercial and business benefits irrespective of the political and or ideological damage that they inflict.

“You further said, an SPE is ideologically bankrupt and devoid of ethics, morality and decency,” the lawyers said.

The lawyers also wrote to Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa to bring to his attention some of the issues that were raised by Zhuwao in the article.

According to the letter, Zhuwao had claimed in his article that Mawere had risen from nowhere with Mnangagwa’s assistance. There were further claims that Mawere had acquired a mining house, SMM Holdings (Private) Limited through an improper government guarantee. The lawyers said Zhuwao further claimed that the businessman was offered a very senior position which he spurned within one of Zanu PF’s provincial executive committees through Mnangagwa’s assistance.

According to the letter, Zhuwao also claimed that around 2002, Mawere created a dubious agricultural company whose operations included reinstating evicted white farmers under the guise of consultants.

Comments (10)

This Zhuwawao is not worth listening to as he is nothing to write about home in Zim.By the way where does he really come from?He is just reckless with all like ukabva kusina vanhu

carson Macate - 16 January 2015

Mawere things will be alright one day. Hope those who were frustrating your effort will one day vanish we need people like you and the rest that were chased away for betterment of country.

silas - 16 January 2015

Aiwa bodozve, Zhuwao must pay. Why do you persuade him to retract his falsehoods he must pay $2m together with interest!!! This is the only way of gagging him from offloading his weekly lies to society. Zhuwao should write articles that criiticise his uncle Bob. Bob once called Zhuwao a totemless person because he is a Bwidi ( Malawian)

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felix - 16 January 2015

media and aggressive marketing, very interesting. ko kungoti Patrick Zhuwao? bepa haringatengwi? Mugabe's nephew sounds more marketable. Thank this man he has brought you quite a fortune,zvimwe tendaiwo veduwee, you have great sales potential even beyond his living, keep on this creative scribing.kwaa

baba rue - 16 January 2015

WHO doe not know that Mawere is a thief who fled to South AFRICA.

reason - 16 January 2015

@baba rue, does it really escape you that Patrick Zhuwao's "power" and bravado derive from his uncle's tyrannical incumbency as leader of this country?

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Rodney - 17 January 2015

We all know Mawere just rose from Mawere and became a millioner over night . All his riches are suspicious like those of Chiyangwa Who was selling tomatoes in Chegutu and then suddenly the other day he woke up a billionier . Mawere is a thief period We know it even if we have a new govt which is not from zanu he must be investigated and possibly arrested to send a warning to those who would be thieves .Mawere is one of them no doubt about that .I am not saying Jao a son of an alien father and his mother born of a father who is also an alien is holy We are waiting for his uncle's departure which every one now feels bcoz it is here and his tail will be cut short and if possible deported ..

Diibulaanyika - 18 January 2015

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