Chiwenga sues Moyo

Prof Moyo

Prof Moyo

Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Dominic Guveya Nyikadzino Chiwenga has slapped Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo with a $5 million defamation lawsuit. Gen Chiwenga is suing over a press statement issued by Prof Moyo in July this year, insinuating that the military boss did not earn his doctorate degree with the University of KwaZulu Natal, but instead, someone authored the thesis on his behalf in fulfilment of the programme.

Prof Moyo issued the statement on July 9 and it was published on various media platforms, portraying the ZDF Commander as a dishonesty person who cheated to get the PhD qualification.

Part of the press statement deemed to be defamatory read: “Finally, I’m happy that Chiwenga wants pre and post-independence disclosures about who was who, who did what and so forth. That’s good. Meanwhile, I take that to mean he wants the disclosure of who contributed what to his doctorate and who really wrote his KZN PhD. Again, the Shona wisdom that kunyarara kurinani pane kutaura, applies. #Handeitione.”

Gen Chiwenga, through his lawyers Mr Wilson Manase and Mr Wellington Pasipanodya of Manase and Manase Legal Practitioners, argues that the statement was highly defamatory of him and he is entitled to the damages. The lawyers argued that the words were wrongful and that the minister only sought to soil the general’s good name.

“The words in the context of the article, are wrongful, and defamatory per se of the plaintiff in that they were intended and understood by readers to mean that the plaintiff lacks integrity, is dishonesty, deceitful, and fraudulent in that he never made a contribution towards his post-graduate doctorate studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and that another person wrote the thesis as a fulfilment to his doctoral studies,” reads the plaintiff’s declaration. Gen Chiwenga contends that the same words can be taken to mean that he plagiarised and violated the research methods at the university, which is an act of misconduct.

“Apart from the defamatory statement, was an intention to convey an innuendo that the plaintiff is in fact, dishonesty, deceitful and given the fraudulent behaviour, that his academic post-graduate Doctorate in Philosophy qualification from the University of KwaZulu-Natal is an academic fraud . . .,” reads the declaration. Gen Chiwenga, who is the military boss, a decorated liberation war hero held in high esteem locally and regionally, suffered severe damage to his reputation and moral standing, the lawyers argued.

To that end, Gen Chiwenga is claiming the $5 million plus interest. He is also seeking an order for costs on a punitive scale against Prof Moyo. The press statement appeared in various publications was daily, weekly newspapers and other media platforms that are widely read world over. The contents of the statement were quoted and published in The Herald, Chronicle,, Zimeye and various social media platforms. Prof Moyo is yet to respond to the claim.

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  • aussiemigrant

    one way of getting Moyos looted money back….lol

  • SlackJawedYokel

    Sue the cabal all you can, dry up the loot they stashed away

  • muchovi

    had he done it before Moyo was going to be defended by some dimwit

  • Joe

    Letter to President ED Mnangangwa by junior members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police We would like to thank the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for his unwavering commitment in fixing the country’s social, political and economic crisis of this country. We as members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police junior ranks (Assistant Insp and Below) are happy that you have liberated us from these senior officers who have been using us for their own benefit. We have been living under hell conditions. Now the whole populace of Zimbabwe hates us with passion because of these stingy commanders who deployed us in all roads with the aim of milking the general public of their hard earned cash. As junior members we are happy about this new development as it will save us against this apartheid police man called Justice Chengeta. Most police officers are separated from their families by these unnecessary transfers kana watadza kubata target ye $400 per day. That money was being milked from innocent civilians. We urge the new president to weed out all these senior officers who have been abusing their ranks to torment these young Zimbabweans. Colonial laws are being practised on us as we had no one to cry to. It is our hope that as the New Zimbabwe is born we expect to transform from police force to police service. We also pray that resources are distributed equally among stations to ensure efficiency in discharging our constitutional mandate. We also wish that our monies which we were forced to pay since year 2010 to be reimbursed as they are meant to fees our suffering families. The issue of gratuity packages to be reviewed as the current crop of commanders had devised a system whereby those retiring on gratuity gets peanuts.
    Thank you ZDF.

    Mai chihuri mujeri- izvozvi akatiza ne$3M yekuyedza
    Jira rekuyedza 2mtres $50.
    Hatina Ma IDs
    Uniform hatina.
    Audit all retention books.
    Chihuri anotipa ma targets pa road

    Senior police officers who are working wth G 40
    1) Mubatapasango
    6)Magande (most dangerous)
    13) Grace Ndebele
    14) Makedenge.

    Other G4O Police Officers
    1. Chief Supt G. Gomo
    2. Senior Asscom Charity Charambaka
    3. Senior Asscom Prudence Chakanyuka
    4. Asscom Mutimukhulu
    5. Commissioner Nonkhosi Ncube
    6. Senior Asscom Masukusa
    7. Chief Supt Saunyama
    8. Senior Asscom Maenzanise

    They shld b fished out like their bosses hatichadi tsvina munew Zimbabwe! Pliz forward to as may pple as u can. We want the sms to reach General Chiwenga and Pres ED Mnangagwa.
    # we want mapurisa anodiwa nevanhu Those guys are tarnishing the name of the police force.

  • Madara

    came to say pretty much the same thing.

  • Dube

    That’s foolish of Chiwenga to sue his prisoner for 5million. The amount he is suing is unreasonable. This also shows that the coup was influenced by personal vendettas.

  • mazino akaora

    I agree.

  • omahn