Zhuwao gives Herald ultimatum

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao has given The Herald an ultimatum to publish an apology following a “damaging” article written by columnist Reason Wafawarova.

Through his lawyers from Dube-Banda, Nzarayapenga & Partners, Zhuwao wrote to The Herald editor Caesar Zvayi on Tuesday, demanding an apology within 48 hours.

Zhuwao is contesting the contents of an article titled Zanu PF: Unite or perish.

Zhuwao argued that the article was aimed at maligning him and portraying him as a person who promoted conflict, disunity and was pushing for the destruction of Zanu PF and wishing for Mugabe’s death.

“The statements were clearly calculated to injure and impair our client’s dignity, reputation and image in the eyes of all the people who read them,” Zhuwao’s lawyers claimed.

The statements were defamatory and sought to portray him as a tribalist, bearing divisive and treasonous tendencies, he said.

The article reads, “(Minister Jonathan Moyo) has allies in the political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Youth minister Patrick Zhuwao and it seems the three are united by a shared distaste for VP (Emmerson) Mnangagwa’s political career. It is not clear if the motivation for the distaste is a shared one, but what is clear is that the triumvirate has caused disunity in the revolutionary party.”

The lawyers said Zhuwao had painstakingly nurtured his reputation as a private citizen of Zimbabwe and as a member of the Zanu PF central committee.

“He is looked upon to, and does in fact conduct himself in a dignified and respectable manner to the millions of Zimbabweans whom he serves,” the lawyers said.

“Our instructions are to demand as we hereby do, that, within 48 hours or alternatively in your publication of Wednesday the 24th of February 2016, you immediately issue a written apology and a full retraction of the grossly defamatory statements you have published.

“The apology and retraction must be displayed prominently in your publication. The retraction may ameliorate the damages ours shall be claiming from your media institution, yourself and (Mr) Reason Wafawarova.”

Comments (10)

To he'll with you Zhuwao (Joao) as I in your Mozambique luangage

ma Moyo - 24 February 2016

Let us be in peace we Mozambicans.Thats your own Zhuwawo a Zimbabwean mwana waani?

Chadder - 24 February 2016

And funny enough that your beloved sekuru once lashed out at ''vanhu vasina mutupo''. Was he speaking in disdain about his vazukuru?

Samaita - 24 February 2016

as minister of youth,we the youthare fully behind you cde zhuwao,it pains us that some people with xenophobic tendencies will go all out to injure your intergrity whilst pursing a successionist agenda

truth - 24 February 2016

let the boy go on to sue the herald! it was onc their paper and now its their pepper(mhiripiri) they cant use it a toilet paper. i rejoice at every person and organ of zanu that goes to war against oneself or fellow organ(s). manyemwe emhuru amai(rhobhati) waripo. zvichapera tikaseka.

SaManyika Chaiye - 24 February 2016

Private individual when he is public. How can a political player be a private individual? By the way what is the difference betwen Zhuwawo and Mahoka? At what point do they choose to be private, and public, and both? Thanks to the courts for scrapping defamation law. Complainant may have missed the news, but anywhere he has the bag to meet lawyers' fees.The threat to the Herald is uncalled for, the minister is simply abusing his maternal relationship with the president to no one 's good. Zimbabwean people are not dumb, they just reserve their comments. You cannot be a competitor in politics and a referee at the same time. Alone, it seems the minister has not known anything dignified and respectful. Gore rino, tichaonesa. Mari iyi, inechitema. Vanayo vanosiyana nevasina.Conversion point is :vanayo vakaiwana kupi? Njere dzavo dzakambopinza zvakadini to take them where they claim to be? Pane nyaya! All the best Cde Zhuwawo.

Mwenyendiani - 25 February 2016

Zhuwao is in no place to give anyone an ultimatum and the Herald is a despicable newspaper anyway.

TruthBTold - 26 February 2016

instead of searching for his roots and kinsmen, the boy is stuck kwaana sekuru ranting and shouting to appease sekuru. better leo akabva angotora surname yasekuru akati zvingamunetse.

SaManyika Chaiye - 26 February 2016

hapana apology yaunopihwa apa basa reku oppressor vanhu ndozvamugona ka ko pamunotukirirara vanhu na gire pama rally munosungiswa nani 2018 mujuru pahasha mo dota imi

mukanya - 27 February 2016

I think our friend is deluded himself into thinking that he is also a Mugabe, him and his brothers have looted and plundered for years but have actually built nothing ....if anything they were best placed to show Sekuru what Zimbabwe's young minds were capable of, but instead they just sat and abused tenders to make their money ...so i say no you time has come and gone so move along ....

richard black - 28 February 2016

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