Originally by Newsday
Ex First Lady Grace Mugabe is defending the $100 000 defamation lawsuit filed against her early this month by four small-scale gold miners whom she is currently involved in another ownership court battle with.
The small-scale miners, Shepherd Nyazvigo and Phillip Makanya filed a defamation lawsuit against Grace on April 2 accusing her of labelling them illegal miners and thieves. They claimed her utterances had caused their mining business to suffer,
Grace is being represented by lawyers from Chivore Dzingirai Group of Lawyers.
“Be pleased to take notice that on April 24, 2018 the defendant (Grace) entered an appearance to defend in this matter. Further take notice that the defendant’s address for service is that of her undersigned legal practitioners of record. The summons was served on the defendant on April 20, 2018,” read part of the notice of appearance to defend.
The pair claim that on April 2, 2018, Grace told the media that the miners had invaded her farm and were unlawfully carrying out mining activities including destroying her citrus plantation.
“She (Grace) further alleges that the plaintiffs (Nyazvigo and Makanya) whom she referred to as illegal miners stole her property. The defendant (Grace) personally confronted the second plaintiff (Makanya) and in the presence of their employees she said that the second plaintiff is a thief who is stealing from her farm,” the miners said.
Grace’s public utterances against them made them appear as “lawless people involved in illegal mining activities” who were plundering her land, and destroying her lemon trees.This was a blow to their reputation.
“. . . The plaintiffs are now being viewed by their business associates, colleagues and members of the public and society at large as thieves and illegal miners and yet the plaintiffs hold licences to carry out mining operations thereon.”