CHIREDZI – As the internecine Zanu PF factional fights continue unabated, Chiredzi West MP Darlington Chiwa has filed a $1 million defamation lawsuit against a Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Captain whom he accuse of making false reports to the Police that resulted in the MP being arrested and taken through an arduous legal battle.
Faster Gono is a serving member of the ZNA and has been entangled in bitter court wrangles with Chiwa.
In a lawsuit filed by his lawyers, Mutendi, Mudisi and Shumba at Masvingo High Court, Chiwa alleges that on October 28, 2015 Gono wrongfully and maliciously set the law into motion by laying false charges against him at Triangle Police Station.
The charges were to the effect that Chiwa had assaulted and criminally insulted Captain Gono at Kamba Primary School in Triangle where Zanu PF Chiredzi District Ward elections were being held.
Chiwa alleges that Gono reported to the Police that he (Chiwa) assaulted him physically and called him a homosexual in public.
He said the frivolous allegations resulted in him being brought before the criminal court at Chiredzi facing a criminal insult charge and one count of assault.
"The criminal allegations levelled against plaintiff were so baseless and frivolous that the matter was discharged at the close of the State` case largely because there was no evidence of blameworthiness attaching to the Plaintiff whatsoever and all the allegations were concocted with the malicious intention of defacing and humiliating the Honourable Member of Parliament by dragging him to court and subjecting him to prosecution for no apparent reason
"As a result of the malicious charges and giving of this disinformation by Gono, Plaintiff was subjected to lengthy prosecution and paid a total of $10 000 as legal fees. He also suffered damages for contumelia in the sum of $990 000 arising from his deprivation of freedom, discomfort, mental anguish and anxiety of being subjected to a lengthy unnecessary trial and his self-esteem was severely lacerated in the process" reads part of the court papers.
Gono was served by the High Court Sheriff and is yet to respond to the summons.