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Chiyangwa demands defamation damages of $2.5 million

by Staff reporter
19 Jul 2017 at 06:34hrs | Views
Dr Philip Chiyangwa has demanded defamation damages of $2,5 million from NewsDay and journalist Paidamoyo Muzulu over an article related to the land deal.

In a letter of demand dated July 17, 2017, Dr Chiyangwa, through his lawyer Itayi Ndudzo of Clairwood Chambers, said Muzulu defamed him in the article titled "Chiyangwa sold land he didn't own".

"Our client's position is that the title and the entire contents of your article were patently defamatory and injurious to the name and standing of our client," reads the letter.

"The article created an impression to reasonable readers that our client wrongfully and unlawfully sold land exclusively belonging to Chegutu Municipality to the National Social Security Authority (NSSA)."

The lawyers further said the article presented Dr Chiyangwa as an unscrupulous and dishonest person whose conduct in the alleged transaction was outrightly criminal . Dr Chiyangwa disputes the correctness of the article, saying he had signed agreements of sale.

He said he holds senior positions as president of both the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), regional body Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) and vice president of the Confederation of African Football's competitions committee.

Dr Chiyangwa said football governing body FIFA's Ethics Committee was considering his integrity.

Source - the herald