Battle over MDC name coming to a close

The legal wrangle over the ownership of the MDC name could be nearly over, with the news that the party spokesperson, Douglas Mwonzora, and first accused, Toindepi Shonhe, have applied to the High Court for the case to be closed.

Douglas Mwonzora
Douglas Mwonzora

MDC-T as an institution and Mwonzora as party spokesperson were sued by a Harare-based journalist and author, David Muzhuzha, for defamation.

Muzhuzha claimed his reputation was injured when he was labelled a liar by MDC at an occasion to honour Grace Kwinje, who coined the name MDC. Muzhuzha was suing for $200,000 damages. Mwonzora told The Zimbabwean that, following their application, the case was postponed indefinitely before he and Shonhe were put to their defence. Shonhe was a respondent since he was MDC-T director.

“We made the application since the complainant had put his court claims in a very legally shoddy manner,” said Mwonzora. The case was legally untenable, he said, leaving the party with no choice but to make the application at the close of the complainant’s case.

Mwonzora said the complainant through his lawyers, claimed he had come up with the name on May 9, 1999 while the name was actually suggested in February at a National Working People’s Forum held at the Women’s Bureau.

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