Judgement in Moyo defamation case next week

Loughty Dube



THE Bulawayo High Court is next week expected to hand down judgement in the case in which former Information and Publicity Minister Jonathan Moyo is demandi

ng $200 billion from Zanu PF national chairman and Speaker of Parliament John Nkomo for defamation.


Justice Francis Bere was supposed to have passed the judgement last month, but the court deferred it citing late submission of vital documents in the case by lawyers representing both Moyo and Nkomo.


Moyo’s lawyer, Job Sibanda of Job Sibanda & Associates confirmed that Bere was expected to deliver his ruling next week when the legal year of the High Court opens on Monday.


“The presiding judge in the matter indicated last year that judgement will be made when the High Court opens for the year and we expect the judgement to be made anytime next week,” Sibanda told the Zimbabwe Independent this week.


Moyo is suing Nkomo for alleged defamation arising from statements reportedly made by the Zanu PF national chairperson at a meeting in Tsholotsho.


When the case opened in last year, Moyo told the High Court that Nkomo addressed a party meeting in Tsholotsho and told the gathering that he had plotted to topple President Robert Mugabe from power.


Cabinet ministers who included Francis Nhema, Patrick Chinamasa and Flora Buka, deputy ministers Abednico Ncube and Andrew Langa and former minister July Moyo were set to testify in the case, but did not do so when the case closed.


War veterans leader Joseph Chinotimba was also billed to testify on behalf of Nkomo.


Moyo was initially suing Nkomo together with politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa, but later dropped charges against the for Zapu intelligence supremo.


During the trial, Nkomo denied the allegations by Moyo and instead accused the Tsholotsho independent legislator of taking him to court to embarrass him.


Testifying in the court, Moyo said statements uttered by Nkomo caused him much pain before his unceremonious exit from government.


Zanu PF politburo, provincial committee and central committee minutes were produced in court with Moyo and Nkomo’s lawyers taking turns in using the documents to cement their cases.

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