ZANU PF Gokwe Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena has demanded $200,000 from Philip Chiyangwa for allegedly defaming him through a video recorded during a rally by First Lady Grace Mugabe in Chimanimani two weeks ago.
In a letter of demand sent to Chiyangwa, party colleagues Acie Lumumba and deputy Manicaland provincial youth chair Mabuso Chinguno, Wadyajena through his lawyers, Machingauta and partners, demanded an apology and $200,000 from the trio for alleging that he was insane and a gay.
“In the video you alleged that our client is gay and that he is insane … our client contends that he is sane and does not practice gayism,” reads part of the court papers.
Wadyajena is a staunch supporter of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is thought to be battling Grace in Zanu PF’s succession fights.
During the Chimhanimani rally, Chiyangwa recorded Chinguno saying that Wadyajena was now backtracking on his support for the First Lady a development which they said was due his insanity.
In the video which went viral online, Lumumba is heard asking Chinguno if Wadyajena is a gay to which the provincial youth leader responded that he was one.
Chiyangwa published the video on his Facebook page.