Land baron hit with $2m defamation suit
LAND baron Felix Munyaradzi has been sued for $2 million in defamation damages after allegedly filing a false complaint and causing the arrest of one of his clients.
The court heard that Davison Jackson Nyambo had contracted Munyaradzi’s company Delatfin Investments (Pvt) Ltd for road works and would pay for the services by ceding a Borrowdale stand.
A dispute allegedly arose between the parties and Munyaradzi filed a report against Nyambo, leading to his arrest and prosecution, but was later acquitted.
Munyaradzi has pending fraud cases before the magistrates’ courts and is accused of allegedly defrauding home seekers in residential stands deals.
Nyambo is now suing the trustees of Felix Munyaradzi Trust at the time, namely Felix Munyaradzi and an estate agent James Marufu Chihuri, in summons filed with the High Court.
He is demanding $218 603,47, and US$2 608 being legal costs incurred by Nyambo defending himself against the alleged fabricated charge.
Nyambo also wants US$3 430 for loss of earnings during the time he spent while attending court sessions and the period he was detained in remand prison.
He has also claimed a further $1 million for defamation and another $1 million damages for contumelia, deprivation of freedom and discomfort.
The court heard on December 20, 2018 Munyaradzi, acting on behalf of his family trust and together with Chihuri, allegedly laid a false fraud charge against Nyambo.
Nyambo was then arrested for selling stand number 757 Windermere Close, Borrowdale, Harare knowing that he had ceded the same property to Munyarazi’s family trust for road construction works done by his company, Delatfin (Pvt) Ltd.
In that case, the prejudice was US$65 000 and Nyambo was held in custody for four days, tried and later acquitted on July 20.