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Zimbabwe Court Dismisses MDC Name Lawsuit

  • Ntungamili Nkomo

A Harare judge on Wednesday threw out a suit brought against the Movement for Democratic Change by a newsman claiming he coined the party name and was never compensated for it.

Former journalist for the Worker newspaper, David Muzhuzha, was demanding $400,000 from the Morgan Tsvangirai MDC. But High Court judge Justice Joseph Mafurise threw out the case, agreeing with MDC lawyers that Muzhuzha had failed to come up with a convincing case.

MDC-T deputy spokesman Joel Gabuza said Muzhuzha was on a fishing expedition, adding the party knew his case would not stand in court.

Muzhuzha, represented by Joseph Mandizha of Mandizha and Company, claimed that he crafted the name while he was in the information department of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions then led by trade unionists, Gibson Sibanda and Morgan Tsvangirai.

He claimed that he was not duly rewarded for crafting the name.

Indications are that the name of the party was crafted by activist, Grace Kwinjeh, who was recently rewarded by the party for coming up with the name.