AUXILIA MNANGAGWA, the wife of Justice minister Emmerson, has told the Bulawayo High Court that her reputation is worth $10 million because, among other things, she is wife to a career minister.
Auxilia made the disclosures in a $50 million defamation suit in which she and four others are suing Zanu PF Midlands chairperson and Provincial Affairs minister Jasion Machaya, former spy Douglas Kanengoni and Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti for defamation.
“She is a member of the Zanu PF central committee. She is also a businesswoman married to the current Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs ministry Emmerson Mnangagwa who has been a minister of different ministries since 1980,” part of a discovery affidavit filed in case HC2871/13 reads. Auxilia claimed in her affidavit her marriage to Mnangagwa and business empire suffered following the allegations raised in a document authored by Machaya’s chief election agent Kanengoni fingering her in electoral fraud.
“As a result of the defamation by the defendants, she has suffered damages in her reputation, political circles in Zanu PF as well as in society in general in the sum of $10 million.” her lawyer Valentine Mutatu submitted in court.
Other litigants in the suit, who include July Moyo, Owen Ncube, Douglas Tapfuma and Daniel Ncube, who are also claiming damages of $10 million each, also justified their claims.
Moyo submitted that he was a former minister and also former Midlands governor and as such, his social standing was injured by the Kanengoni document which was leaked to the media and party structures causing him international ridicule.
Ncube and Ncube both submitted that they were MPs and very successful and prominent businesspeople in Kwekwe.
The two said because of the allegations raised by Machaya through Kanengoni’s report, they were now viewed as liars and people who are on cooking election results and therefore they deserved $10 million apiece to make up for that damage.
Tapfuma told the court that apart from being a central committee member, he was also a prominent businessman and therefore the allegations tainted his image.