By Jermaine Ndlovu
Former Bulawayo deputy mayor and recently reinstated Ward three councillor, Tinashe Kambarami is suing Mthwakazi Republic Party (MRP) over allegedly tribal remarks the party made on their Facebook page.
In the post, MRP described Kambarami as a ‘shona vulture’, who has brought Bulawayo to its knees.
Part of the Facebook post reads:
“We are urging Mthwakazi people across all political divides to stand up and defend Bulawayo and its inhabitants from Shona vultures like Tinashe Kambarami and Sikhangele Zhou who are the conduits of the Shona 1979 Grand Plan and the Code xxx by CCC which outline measures to Shonalise Bulawayo and Mthwakazi at large.”
Through his lawyers, Masamvu and Da Silva-Gustavo, Kambarami is demanding an apology and retraction of the statement and US$500 000 compensation.
A letter dated August 24, from Kambarami states that:
“On Sunday August 21, 2022, through your Facebook page styled ‘Mthwakazi Republic Party — MRP Network — Information, you falsely and unlawfully accused our client in a widely published post of, inter alia, conniving with the chamber secretary for the City of Bulawayo to bring Bulawayo to its knees.”
“In the context of the post, this defamatory allegation was exacerbated by the shocking insinuation that our client is a “Shona vulture” and is a conduit of the Shona 1979 grand plan and the code xxx by Citizens Coalition for Change which outlines measures to Shonalise Bulawayo.”
“The allegations are also, to your knowledge, false.
“Your false publication is compounded by the fact that through releasing it on a public platform, you knew full well that the contents thereof would be widely read and/or shared given our client’s high public profile,” the letter reads.
Kambarami demanded an apology and retraction of the statements made by MRP.
“Please ensure that this written undertaking is received by us within 24 hours of your receiving this letter; failing which our client reserves the right to acquaint yourselves with the diverse legal proceedings.
“While a public apology and retraction will go some way towards ameliorating the hurt and the assault on our client’s reputation and his dignity, our client also requires financial compensation in the form of damages.
“To this end, our instructions are to demand from you, as we hereby do, payment of the sum of US$500 000 within ten (10) days of your receipt of this letter.
“Should this sum not be paid within the time prescribed, we have instructions to institute legal proceedings against you without further notice to you, except as required by law.” reads the letter.
Kambarami was recently reinstated as ward 3 councillor after the courts ruled in his favour.
He had been removed from his position following an initial ruling by Justice Thomson Mabhikwa who nullified his election as councilor.