NCA to sue H-Metro

The National Constitutional Assembly has instituted a libel suit against Harare tabloid, H-Metro, over an article it published claiming that their spokesperson, Maddock Chivasa, had beat up two prostitutes in the red light district for denying him sex.

NCA spokesman Maddock Chivasa
NCA spokesman Maddock Chivasa

In a letter to H-Metro editor, Lawrence Moyo, Chivasa claims that the statements of the newspaper had subjected the plaintiff to humiliation, scorn and ridicule throughout by falsely portraying him as a person of loose morals.

Chivasa has demanded $35 000 in damages within seven days from the state-run newspaper and a retraction of the article penned by Aaron Nyamayaro, accompanied by an apology.

The paper reported on its front page that Chivasa was a "pimp" and that he had beaten up two prostitutes at Fintra Court in the Avenues area. The butchered faces of two commercial sex workers, named Rumbidzai Zambuko (23) and Elizabeth Mtetwa (30), were splashed on the front page of the tabloid.

"None of the allegations contained in the article and the editorial in question are factually correct," said Chivasa's letter to the H-Metro Editor. "The offending article is therefore materially false, scurrilous and malicious. I was never contacted for a comment on the substance of the story before it was published."

H-Metro has not yet responded, but a senior at the newspaper said:

"We stand by our reporting," and refused to comment further.

Said Chivasa's lawyers: Our client's dignity and reputation has been impinged as the article itself and the photograph of our client and its accompanying caption were understood by all readers of average intelligence to mean the following:- (a) That our client is of loose morals; (b) that he consorts with prostitutes and he engages in risky

sexual behaviour; that he is a serial cheat who engages in adultery with prostitutes and (d) that he is a violent character."

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