HARARE – Flamboyant businessman Philip Chiyangwa has dismissed as “ridiculous” a $500 000 lawsuit filed by Hurungwe West headman Aleck Munhava and villager Morgan Gora, who claim the multi-millionaire assaulted them during a Zanu PF meeting at Nyamhunga Primary School on April 26.

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Philip Chiyangwa

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Both Munhava and Gora are demanding $250 000 each in damages claiming the alleged vicious assault by Chiyangwa resulted in severe bodily damage and loss of dignity. According to their lawyer they both want compensation for “the pain and suffering, loss of dignity, current and future medical expenses.”

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Chiyangwa through his lawyers challenged the duo to produce a police report for the alleged assault and “an update on the progress of the criminal matter, if any against our client. We are concerned by the rather casual, obfuscated and dramatic manner in which the allegations are being made,” the lawyers said.

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Munhava said as a result of the assault, he suffered severe head injuries and lost some valuable personal documents.

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“As a result of the assault, our client Aleck Munhava sustained injuries on the head, a fractured tooth and bruises all over the body,” the letter of demand says.

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“He also lost his wallet which had identification documents and cash amounting to $185. He further lost spectacles valued at $20 and his jacket valued at $35 was also torn as you assaulted him.

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“In addition to all this, our client spent two days and nights wandering in the forest as he could not walk back to his village due to swollen limbs and also fear of your threat during the assault that you would follow them up.”

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But Chiyangwa’s lawyers poured scorn at this saying “we find it preposterous that a man of the stature and class of our client is alleged to be behind the loss of US$185. Surely your clients and their legal advisors can have no illusions that there can be no nexus between our client and allegations of such a petty nature.”

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“With respect, we find it comic that you allege that your client spent two days and two nights “wandering” in the forest. Surely what was there for him to wander in the forest if you allege that he had been assaulted?” Chiyangwa says that the fact they did not seek medical attention means that they were not assaulted.

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Munhava and Gora however said the businessman assaulted them using open palms, clenched fists and kicked them all over the body.

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“Our client advises us that at that juncture you charged towards them and started assaulting them,” the letter says.

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“It has been given to us that you first assaulted Aleck Munhava with open palms and clinched fists. You then charged towards Morgan Gora and viciously assaulted him with clenched fists and booted feet as he lay helpless on the ground.” -Nehanda Radio