Defamation trial between Mahere and Petina Gappah kicks off today

The defamation trial between MDC A spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere and trade lawyer Petina Gappah is set to kick off today before High Court judge Joseph Mafusire in Harare.

Mahere sued Gappah for alleged defamatory tweets & demanded US$1 million.

In a series of tweets on 29 September this year, Gappah made a number of accusations against Mahere. According to Gappah:

Mahere did not qualify to study law at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and was only admitted because of her father’s influence. Her father, Stephen Mahere once served as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture.

Mahere only got admitted to Cambridge University because Gappah had edited and almost completely rewritten Mahere’s application essay.

Mahere attempted to sleep with Gappah’s partner.

Gappah later issued an apology to Mahere and to all those who had seen the exchange

However in June Gappah filed an urgent chamber application with the High Court demanding release of certain documents which she says support her defence.