Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s two aides have been slapped with an $80 000 lawsuit by Zanu PF Makoni Central youth chairpersons, following allegations that they had stolen donated footballs and netballs.
Chinamasa donated the balls in August in his capacity as Makoni Central MP, but his aides then allegedly accused the Zanu PF ward chairpersons of reselling them for a song.
Eight of the chairpersons reacted angrily to the allegations and are now demanding $10 000 each from one of Chinamasa’s aides, Frank Kamangeni, and another Zanu PF official, only identified as Mafuranehwe.
NewsDay yesterday gleaned summons filed on Tuesday at the Rusape Magistrates’ Court by two of the litigants, Hellen Mukoyi and Nesbert Chasara. In the papers, the complainants said their images were tarnished and wanted $10 000 each as compensation.
“On August 13, 2016, the Finance minister donated balls to various wards at a rally held at Vengere High School, Rusape,” read the court papers filed by Mukoyi.
“On October 22, the first defendant (Mafuranehwe) posted on the Whatsapp group alleging that plaintiff (Mukoyi) had sold the soccer balls for $8 for personal gain.
“The message caused an outrage among members and the plaintiff received bad publicity as a criminal and dishonest person.” Mukoyi further alleged that because of the allegations, her reputation as a community leader had been injured.
The papers said Kamangeni, Chinamasa’s aide, originated the allegations.
As a result of the allegations, Mukoyi is demanding $10 000 as damages and the cost of the suit.
The two were given seven days to respond to the summons.