By Wisdom Mumera
Chegutu West legislator Dexter Nduna has approached the High Court of Zimbabwe seeking US$10million as compensation for defamation suffered when Norton legislator Temba Mliswa called him a thief in Parliament on Monday.
The two legislators clashed during a Mines and Mining Development Committee meeting where Mliswa ended up calling Nduna a double thief who allegedly defrauded ZINARA of $11 million.
Nduna had also threatened to deal with Mliswa outside court premises adding that he had killed many people some of whom he does not know.
In his court papers, Nduna said Mliswa’s allegations are false and only meant to damage his good standing and reputation in society.
“The utterances by the Defendant are false and malicious and meant to damage the reputation of the Plaintiff in the eyes of the current government ministers, fellow National House of Assembly members, the public at large and the constituency that he represents.
“Consequently the plaintiff has suffered defamation damages in the total amount of US$ 10 000 000 (Ten Million Dollars),” said the summons.
It, however, remains to be seen how the case will be handled due to the Parliamentary privileges and immunities which affords legislators freedom of speech and forbids prosecution over utterances made during sessions.
Mliswa also has another pending defamation case filed against him by the country’s Vice President Kembo Mohadi following social media allegations accusing the latter of corruption.