Chaibva Threatens to Sue Khama

HARARE, August 24 2008 - Former opposition legislator and top official in the Arthur Mutambara led Movement for Democratic Change faction, Gabriel Chaibva, has threatened to sue the Botswana government  after authorities there deported him early this month.

Chaibva was thrown out of Botswana early this month after being declared a prohibited immigrant (PI) following his visit to the neighbouring country.

But Chaibva, the former spokesperson of the Mutambara led MDC faction told RadioVOP that he had since engaged an unidentified lawyer in Botswana to initiate proceedings against Botswana’s president Ian Khama and his government.

“It’s just a matter of time before my lawyer serves them with the papers. I am going to get redress,” said Chaibva, without disclosing much detail about the legal action.

Chaibva also refused to disclose the name of the lawyer and the law firm that he has engaged.

The smaller MDC faction suspended Chaibva from his position as party spokesperson after he attended Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe’s swearing in ceremony boycotted by his party leaders, Arthur Mutambara and Welshman Ncube.

Since his suspension from the MDC, Chaibva has been singing praise for ZANU PF and Mugabe, prompting his former colleagues and associates to accuse him of betraying them and the democratic struggle.

Radio VOP

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