Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC)‘s head of legal Affairs and former Harare West legislator for opposition MDC, Jessie Majome, has sued prominent journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono for defamation.
Majome who is allegedly a relative to President Emmerson Mnangagwa is demanding US$350 000 from Chin’ono. She said in her court papers:
The Plaintiff’s claim is for
a. Payment of US$150 000.00 or equivalent at the date of payment being damages for defamation.
b. Payment of USS75 000.00 or equivalent at the date of payment being damages for in iniuria.
c. Payment of US$75 000.00 or equivalent at the date of payment being damages for contumelia.
d. Payment of US$50 000.00 or equivalent as compensation in terms of section 85 (1) of the constitution for the infringement of her rights to dignity, freedom from cruel and degrading treatment and the right to serve in public office.
e. Interest at the prescribed rate calculated from the date of publication to the date of payment.
f. An order directing the Defendant to issue a detailed written apology and publish it prominently on his Twitter profile and in two different national newspapers with nationwide circulation for seven consecutive days and pin the short apology with a link to the detailed apology on his Twitter profile continuously for a period of 6 months.
g. Costs of suit on an attorney-client scale.
Meanwhile, the defiant Chin’ono says he has received the summons but he is not going to retract what he said. The freelance reporter said: