HIGH Court Judge, Justice Joseph Mafusire on Wednesday dismissed with costs an application by journalist David Muzhuzha who was demanding more than US$400,000 from the opposition MDC-T party.
Muzhuzha a former journalist at The Worker was suing the MDC, Douglas Mwonzora, the party’s national spokesperson and Toendepi Shonhe, the director general of the MDC for defamation and injuria.
However, the MDC’s lawyers at the end of Muzhuzha’s cross examination, applied for absolution from the instance, arguing he had failed to prove his case. This absolved the MDC and saved the party from calling witnesses to defend the case.
In its absolution application which was lodged in October, lawyers for the MDC said the Muzhuzha had failed to lead evidence that the MDC, Mwonzora and Shonhe published any statements that referred to him.
The MDC maintained that the name, Movement for Democratic Change, was suggested in February 1999, at a National Working People’s Forum held at the Women’s Bureau.
“It is clear that Muzhuzha was employed by the enemies of the MDC to saddle the party with huge legal costs. The case exposed Muzhuzha’s greed and opportunistic tendencies but fortunately, justice has prevailed and this shows that nobody can stop the people’s project,” the MDC said.