Tekere faces Zanu (PF) fury

HARARE - Founding Zanu (PF) secretary general Edgar Tekere, is facing criminal defamation charges for allegedly inferring that President Robert Mugabe killed former Zanu national chairman, Herbert Chitepo, as well as vice chairman Leopold Takawira.
Tekere allegedly made the inference in his high

ly controversial and best-selling autobiography ‘A Lifetime of Struggle.” Zanu (PF) Manicaland provincial executive, which relieved Tekere of his position in the provincial leadership last week, initially wanted him charged under the Public Order and Security Act, but has settled for a criminal defamation charge.
It remains unclear if the charge would stick in a competent court of law, as Tekere has maintained that he was exercising his intellectual freedom in compiling the autobiography, which has angered Mugabe and other ruling party officials.
The planned lawsuit has raised eyebrows as Tekere did not explicitly state in his book that Mugabe had a hand in the death of Chitepo and Takawira.
“They will not be able to sustain this in court,” said a ruling party official. “These are just baseless allegations.”
Other insults go unpunished and, needless to say, Zanu (PF) officials, and perhaps the president himself, seethe with anger whenever no grounds are found for prosecution.
The ruling party official said it was irregular for the provincial leadership to get angry on behalf of Mugabe. – Gift Phiri

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