Moyo raises Nkomo, Dabengwa claim to $200m

FORMER Information minister and Tsholotsho MP, Jonathan Moyo, has filed papers in the Bulawayo High Court revising his claims against Zanu PF national chairman John Nkomo and politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa to $200 million from the $2 million he was demanding from each of the defendants.



The papers were filed by his lawyer, Job Sibanda of Job Sibanda & Associates, at the Bulawayo High Court last Wednesday.

The revising of the amount by Moyo makes the lawsuit one of the biggest in Zimbabwe in terms of the amounts involved.

Moyo said the revision was necessitated by the revaluing of the currency and the spiralling rate of inflation.

“The amendment of the claim should replace the old claim by deleting the figure $2 billion whenever it appears in the summons and the declaration and replace it with $200 million,” the papers say.

Moyo is suing Dabengwa and Nkomo for defamation arising from statements the two politicians allegedly made against him in 2004.

Moyo says the two senior Zanu PF officials told a party meeting that he had plotted a coup to topple President Mugabe from power.

Moyo further claims that the two alleged that he had “instigated, funded and led the hatching of a coup plot against President Mugabe and others in the top leadership of the party”.

Moyo said that Dabengwa and Nkomo claimed he received funding from hostile nations.

The two deny the charges and claim they never uttered statements to that effect.

Moyo, testifying in the High Court before Justice Francis Bere in May when the case opened, said the statements uttered by the two politicians in Matabeleland caused him much pain before his unceremonious exit from government.

The case will resume on November 28 when the defence team is expected to bring witnesses to testify against Moyo.

Senior party members and ministers who include Patrick Chinamasa, Abednico Ncube, Andrew Langa, Francis Nhema, Flora Bhuka, July Moyo and war veterans leader Joseph Chinotimba have been lined up to testify in the case. — Staff Writer.