Green­light for VP Mphoko

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Fidelis Mun­y­oro

VICE Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko’s lawyers will now pros­e­cute his ap­peal in the Daily News defama­tion suit af­ter a Supreme Court judge granted his ap­pli­ca­tion for con­do­na­tion for late fil­ing of the pa­pers. VP Mphoko is claim­ing a stun­ning $50 mil­lion for defama­tion against As­so­ci­ated News­pa­pers of Zim­babwe (ANZ).

VICE Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko’s lawyers will now pros­e­cute his ap­peal in the Daily News defama­tion suit af­ter a Supreme Court judge granted his ap­pli­ca­tion for con­do­na­tion for late fil­ing of the pa­pers.

VP Mphoko is claim­ing a stun­ning $50 mil­lion for defama­tion against As­so­ci­ated News­pa­pers of Zim­babwe (ANZ), the pub­lish­ers of Daily News and Daily News on Sun­day and the Week­end Post.

Only two months ago, VP Mphoko lost an ap­peal against a High Court de­ci­sion dis­miss­ing his bid for rescis­sion of judg­ment in the defama­tion claim.

Yes­ter­day, his lawyer Ad­vo­cate Tha­bani Mpofu, in­structed by Mr Ger­ald Mlotshwa of Ti­tan Law Cham­bers, suc­cess­fully ap­plied to have the ap­peal back in court.

Act­ing judge of ap­peal, Jus­tice Ver­nanda Ziyambi, granted the ap­pli­ca­tion sit­ting in her cham­bers. Mr Mlotshwa con­firmed the lat­est devel­op­ment.

“Vice Pres­i­dent Mphoko’s ap­pli­ca­tion for con­do­na­tion and leave to ap­peal out of time was granted by Jus­tice Ziyambi this af­ter­noon (yes­ter­day) in cham­bers,” said Mr Mlotshwa.

“This ef­fec­tively re­in­states his ap­peal in the Daily News defama­tion mat­ter, which ap­peal will be heard by the full bench of the Supreme Court in due course.”

VP Mphoko’s law­suit arose in June 2015, fol­low­ing the Daily News story, which the Vice Pres­i­dent took ex­cep­tion to, and was based on an in­ter­view the news­pa­per had with ousted war vet­er­ans leader Jab­u­lani Sibanda.

Sibanda claimed that VP Mphoko had sold out dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion war when he al­legedly di­verted weapons meant for Zipra com­bat­ants forces to Zanla forces, a devel­op­ment Sibanda fur­ther claimed could have led to un­nec­es­sary deaths of thou­sands of peo­ple.

High Court judge Jus­tice Msakwa dis­missed VP Mphoko’s suit af­ter he failed to at­tend a pre-trial con­fer­ence.

He ar­gued that he was out of the coun­try on State busi­ness.

He sent an of­fi­cial from his of­fice to rep­re­sent him.

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