Mphoko makes $50m claim against Daily News

HARARE - Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), the publishers of the Daily News, has described as ridiculous Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s demand for a staggering $50 million in compensation for alleged defamation regarding a story that the country’s leading daily newspaper carried two months ago.

In his High Court lawsuit in which he cites the Daily News’ Chief Writer Fungi Kwaramba, Group Editor Stanley Gama, ANZ and its printing division Printco as respondents, following the June 5, 2015 article that was based on an interview with firebrand former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda, Mphoko claimed that his reputation had been soiled.

In the story, Sibanda claimed that Mphoko had sold out during the liberation struggle when he had allegedly diverted weapons meant for the late Joshua Nkomo’s Zapu to President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu — a move that Sibanda said could have led to the needless deaths of thousands of people.

A number of Zapu bigwigs who spoke to the Daily News then — including Dumiso Dabengwa and Thomas Ngwenya (a former deputy to Mphoko) — appeared to buttress the claims. And Mphoko himself had previously admitted diverting the weapons meant for Zapu’s military wing, Zipra, to Zanu’s Zimbabwe National African Liberation Army (Zanla).

“Defendants (Kwaramba, Gama, ANZ and Printco) will say that the amount of damages being claimed by plaintiff (Mphoko) is ridiculously high and constitutes a petit patio. For this reason plaintiff’s claim must be dismissed with costs,” ANZ’s lawyer Alec Muchadehama says in the defendants’ plea.

Responding further to Mphoko’s claims that his reputation and status had been diminished by the story, Muchadehama said, “Defendants will say that they do not know what plaintiff’s claim to fame is. They do not know of his immense contribution to the liberation of Zimbabwe. Defendants will put the plaintiff to the proof of his claims”.

Mphoko’s lawyers, GN Mlotshwa & Company, argue that their client had allegedly been branded a treasonous villain who for his own benefit, clandestinely supplied apartheid South Africa with war materials that were in turn supplied to Selous Scouts, a special forces regiment of the Rhodesian army.

“Plaintiff (Mphoko) is well known and respected nationally and internationally as a former diplomat and a vice president of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

“He is a senior member of Zanu PF who contributed immensely in the country’s liberation struggle. He acts as the president of Zimbabwe from time to time,” reads part of Mphoko’s summons.

Muchadehama also challenged the meanings ascribed to the words uttered by Sibanda, adding that they were the war veteran’s own opinion.


Comments (13)

I didn't know that this Mboko is also like this. But is he alright in the head to make such a ridiculous claim?

Musorodamba - 27 August 2015

I liked this part of the story: “Defendants will say that they do not know what plaintiff's claim to fame is. They do not know of his immense contribution to the liberation of Zimbabwe. Defendants will put the plaintiff to the proof of his claims”. I hope Mphoko knows what is in store for him in court. Hehehehehehehehe!

Khumalo - 27 August 2015

Jabulani!!. Gadzirira, we want to know in detail kuti imboko rudzii iyoyi inonzi Mphoko!!!!

Tsholofelo - 27 August 2015

I never knew of this Mpoko guy until the useless congress of ZANU PF that rubbished Mujuru and partners. I never knew of any contribution he made during the war. I knew Nleya, Lookout Masuku, Tongogara, Mhanda and Dabengwa, and Sibanda, Hunzvi and Chinotimba, Solomon Mujuru, Teurai Ropa Mujuru and even Shamu way back in the 1980s where was this Mpoko, does he even a reputation

aminab - 27 August 2015

This sounds a bit silly, why cant he sue Sibanda who made the claims. And what reputation does Mphoko have?

Inyika - 27 August 2015

Aminab you know little about Zim second Chimurenga read more or carry out a reaseach fortunately we still have a lot of these heroes who are still living.For the first Zanla cadres consult Cde Matava ,Zipra Cde Mutinhiri and not some of the household names.We have a lot of heroes that are never even mentioned but they are living

carson macate - 27 August 2015

Ana Carson musangowawata... kkkk

Tahir Iqbal - 27 August 2015

Mr editor some comments should not published inthe interest of unity

Dube-1 - 27 August 2015

Mpokozile Mpoko..vice

nene - 27 August 2015


JIBHA - 27 August 2015

What reputation did Mpoko have? How can anyone soil something that is not there? How he came up with the sum of $50 million speaks volumes of the greed that has infected our politicians! Here is a nobody who then get promoted to high office way above his level of competency and suddenly he considers himself a genius!

Wilbert Mukori - 27 August 2015

I think Mboko is the worst ndebele vice president we have ever had he came through backdoor a payment for arms of war which were diverted to zanu which were suppose to be for zapu he sold out . silly sausage lip.

JIBHA - 27 August 2015

To dispell rumuors, can the state both print & electronic media interview Mphoko on his war credentials live and allow callers to pose questations. He appears an oppotunist to me judging his poisonous utterance.

EL-DODO - 31 August 2015

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