HARARE – Didymus Mutasa, the Zanu PF secretary for administration and Headlands aspiring parliamentary candidate, has sued Finance minister Tendai Biti for $5 million for allegedly accusing him of “murdering a 12-year-old Headlands boy”.
In his High Court papers on Friday, the State minister for Presidential Affairs said Biti had damaged his reputation.
Mutasa filed the multi-million dollar damages suit five months after a statement allegedly made by Biti during a stormy Cabinet session in which the Finance minister fingered the former liberation fighter for plotting the arson attack that claimed Christpowers Maisiri.
Mutasa claimed Biti impaired his character after he told a Cabinet meeting held on February 26 and attended by all members including President Robert Mugabe that the former liberation fighter was responsible for masterminding the death of the Headlands boy, who was burned in his parents’ hut.
Mutasa will square off with MDC’s David Tekeshe in parliamentary elections scheduled for July 31.
Mutasa said Biti also repeated the same statement outside Cabinet, to the media and during the burial of Christpowers, implicating him in the murder of the boy. The Zanu PF administration secretary said Biti’s statements injured his “good name” as he is internationally known and has a unimpeachable character.
“The defendant (Biti) has struck on plaintiff’s (Mutasa) professional reputation and good character,” reads part of Mutasa’s summons and declaration filed in the High Court.
“Plaintiff is greatly insulted, degraded and outraged by the accusations. Plaintiff’s dignity has been seriously impaired as people now believe or suspect that he is a killer of young innocent children.”