Tsvangirai, Mphoko in settlement talks

HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is in talks to settle a defamation lawsuit against Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, who alleged the former prime minister was once involved in an assassination attempt on the late national icon Joshua Nkomo and was also behind the Gukurahundi atrocities.

Mphoko told journalists after a closed-door meeting in February with the Zanu PF leadership at Davies Hall — the Zanu PF provincial headquarters in Bulawayo — that Tsvangirai had participated in the atrocities that saw more than 20 000 civilians killed in Matabeleland and Midlands between 1983 and 1987, when the national army’s Fifth Brigade crushed dissent by so-called “dissidents”, disgruntled former guerrillas and supporters of  the late VP Nkomo’s Zapu.

Mphoko made the remarks after Tsvangirai’s whirlwind 10-day listening tour of the three Matabeleland provinces where he heard the deep-seated sentiment from community leaders who urged him to investigate the Gukurahundi massacres if he takes office next year.

Tsvangirai hit back last week through his Atherston and Cook attorneys, demanding a retraction and public apology because “you must realise now, in the context of the falsity of your statements that your allegations against our client regarding Gukurahundi are not only untruthful . . . they are terribly defamatory.”

Chris Mhike, who is representing Tsvangirai, told the Daily News yesterday: “Defendant’s legal practitioners are engaged over plaintiff’s letter of demand.

“We are presently jointly exploring the possibility of an amicable resolution.  In the meantime, plaintiff has held in abeyance the contemplated legal action.”

Comments (4)

Mphoko himself knows better what really happened during the Gukurahundi era. But then stupidity knows no bounds. In future Mphoko should have a conversation with his boss regarding this issue.

Camilla Kasinayo - 4 August 2017

Honhai? Tsvangirai tried to assassinate Mdara Nkomo ? Or does Mpoko just shoot from the hip ? If it is untrue then we have a careless Vice President. If it is true then Tsvangirai has serious explanations to do.

Eugene Matikiti - 5 August 2017

Mphoko or is it mboko, you are an imbecile period. You go to a police station and threaten police whilst you are acting president because you want your criminal boys released from jail. Now you are implying Tsvangson tried to kill Nkomo in 2017 after all those years and even insinuate that he murdered mandeks during gukurahundi. My foot and you expect us to believe such crap. Musoro wako wakazara mvura mboko yemunhu.

Madhunamutuna - 5 August 2017

"Mboko" is simply what his name tells us. Imboko chaiyo. Those who think otherwise need to think again. Hapana munhu apa. Zidumbu chete. Otherwise, brain ihuku chaiyo or even worse. No wonder Mugabe chose him against all other and more legible Zapu submissions for the position. Certainly Mboko was not among the top 3 of zapu submissions, assuming he was ever part of the zapu candidates for the post, which I doubt much. nxaaaaa!

mapingu - 5 August 2017

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