Zim minister sues over succession

2012-11-21 22:14

Harare - Zimbabwe state media says the defence minister is suing an independent newspaper for alleging that he wants to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

The state-run Herald said on Wednesday Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has filed a $1m lawsuit against Zimbabwe Independent, a weekly newspaper, for defamation over an article it published in May which quoted him saying he is "ready to rule" Zimbabwe if given the opportunity.

Mnangagwa, a Zanu-PF politician, alleges the article inferred that he is a leader of a faction involved in "power struggles" with other party officials to succeed Mugabe.

The 88-year-old Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.

Mnangagwa is touted as a strong leader of a faction poised to take over from him.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-22 06:15

    Whom ever, what ever time, is almost up for the old dictator, I am sure Nando's has already made the add....

  • ziso.maziso - 2012-11-22 07:38


  • harald.voney - 2012-11-22 10:49

    Does anybody really care anymore!! Nothing left to save there... from bad to worse!

  • bornwell.dennison - 2012-11-22 11:24

    Just when you think things are heading to the right direction,a Senior Minister drops the bomb.This is another bulldog scare tactic towards the media, and just watch the speed at which the Courts are going to attend to this.We gonna see more and more of a variety of hostilities against the media just to keep them in jitters and think twice before writing anything about these Gentlemen.The media in Zim is still under immense oppression,hence the call for changes in the constitution before elctions.One wonders if the Honerable Minister shouldnt be applying his energies on reuniting factions in his Party and gearing for elections?We should be seeing him and his colleagues spreading the Gospel of peace,unity and the respect for each others political choice.Taking the paper to court is one of the various sinister methods Zanu is using to unsettle the voters into their favour,we hear of soliders and militias working with local headmen and chiefs forcing people to Zanu meetings.The President is singing a song of peace and harmony his Party is singing,"Mayihlome ihlasele",its all part of well ochestrated vote forcing machinery to win at all costs.I hope the Opposition is up to the game because Zanu will leave them surprised.Zimbabweans should stay strong and come vote time they know what to do-God bless Zimbabwe

  • robyne.peel.9 - 2012-11-22 13:26

    Zimbabwe was a right off the moment it was given its independence

  • Shirley Stee - 2013-05-20 14:43

    Just another Bob clone! Just making sure Zim stays a death zone!!!Death of freedom,death of speech and death by starvation!

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