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‘Musarara haunts Ruvheneko’

‘Musarara haunts Ruvheneko’

By Silence Charumbira

Showbiz Editor

Zanu PF activist Tafadzwa Musarara has cornered Health Minister David Parirenyatwa’s daughter Ruvheneko to issue a public apology for “defamation”.

Ruvheneko is Zi FM Stereo programs manager having been moved from being a presenter.

Musarare wrote to Ruvheneko on July 28 through his lawyers Wintertons Legal Practitioners demanding that the vivacious presenter retracts her denial that she invited Musarara to her program on May 16 where she also invited Pastor Evan Mawarire.

In the letter seen by Showbiz, the lawyers demand that Ruvheneko publicly accepts that she had invited him as opposed to her Twitter denials.

“In relation to the invitation to our client you personally called him on his mobile phone requesting him to attend the show. After the show you surprisingly denied having invited our client to the show. You published your denial on various social media platforms. The innuendo of your denial was to give the impression on the public that our client barged into the show without any invitation,” reads part of the letter.

“You specifically tweeted the words “I did not invite Musarara”. These words which you published on social media invited insults on the person of our client from members of the public. Your published denial and choice of words you used clearly intended and had the result of defaming the person of our client, to lower his character to that of a dishonourable man in the eyes of the public and to embarrass him.”

Further reads the letter: “As if that was not enough you further tweeted on social media “my dog had puppies” which choice of words allowed the public to finish off the statement by insulting and ridiculing our client. One member of the public finished off your statement “name them Musarara” which had the effect of likening our client to a dog which was an insult.”

The letter said the diction used by Ruvheneko and the meaning of her statement were deliberate and intended to defame and cause injury “contumelia” to the person and reputation of Musarara.

The letter by Musarara's lawyers
The letter by Musarara’s lawyers


“Your employer AB Communications (Pvt) Limited t/a Zi FM Stereo has already published a statement confirming that indeed Zi FM Stereo and yourself personally did invite our client to the show. It does not help the situation therefore for you to continue denying a public fact,” said the lawyers.

The lawyers gave Ruvheneko seven days to respond from the receipt of the letter dated July…

Contacted for comment Ruvheneko said she was unaware of the letter and asked Showbiz to call her after an hour.

“I am not aware of that. Let me find out what is happening,” she said.

She was not answering her phone when Showbiz called after an hour.

It is yet to be established if she indeed has received the letter or whether the lawyers are now instituting a legal battle for damages for defamation, humiliation and contumelia.