By Tendai Mukaro
Zimbabwe Miners Federation president Henrietta Rushwaya is demanding USD1 million as compensation for defamation of character from The Newshawks for associating her with the recent gold smuggling case of Tashinga Nyasha Masinire.
The Newshawks published the story about Rushwaya’s former aide, Masinire who was arrested at Oliver Tambo Airport for allegedly smuggling gold worth R11 million into South Africa.
On Twitter, The Newshawks insinuated a closer relationship between Masinire and Rushwaya.
“Well placed sources say Masinire is the most trusted aide and driver for Rushwaya and ran all her important errands,” read part of the tweet.
“He used to travel with her everywhere, including when she was campaigning to be Zimbabwe Miners Federation president.”
Rushwaya through her lawyers from Chivoredzingai Group of Lawyers, sent a notice to The Newshawks.
“Our client instructs that on or around the 10th May 2021, you issued an electronic publication on the site called Newshawks in which you alleged that a Zimbabwean gold smuggler by the name Tashinga Nyasha Masinire had been arrested at the South African Airport for gold smuggling,” read part of the notice.
“We are instructed to demand as we hereby do, a retraction of your false statement within twenty four(24) hours of receipt of this letter and payment of US$ 1000.000.00, together with a claim for legal costs, on a legal practitioner and client scale.”
Rushwaya’s lawyers said Masinire was no longer employed by Rushwaya.
“You further stated that the arrested person is the aide and driver of the Zimbabwean Miners Federation president, Ms Henrietta Rwashaya our client there in,” read part of the notice.
“Such statement is false for the simple reasons that the arrested person resigned from our client’s employement as far back as August 2020, attached hereto is a copy of his resignation letter for reference and clarity.”
A resignation letter dated August 28, 2020 was attached to the notice