Mathew Masinge, Court Reporter
Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe leader Tafadzwa Musarara, who is claiming $10 million defamation damages from youth leaders, Godfrey Tsenengamu and Lewis Matutu now wants substituted service.
Musara instituted the damages after he was accused of channelling maize meal to the black market backed by a clique of white elites.
The businessman has filed an urgent application saying he had failed to locate the two youth leaders and now wants a court order to serve them through a national newspaper.
“I don’t’ know where the Respondents reside, work or conduct business.
“I have unsuccessfully tried to obtain addresses where summons in matter HC986/20 can be served on the Respondents.
“Service of summons cannot therefore be effected in any of the way provided for in order 5 of the High Court Rules,” reads the application.
Musarara said the summons must receive the same coverage as the corruption claims which were laid by the duo earlier this month.
“The best manner in which service of the summons HC986/20 may be effected is by publication of same once in The Herald.
“The Herald has a wide circulation and as indicated above has carried the story on the allegations of corruption,” he said.
The businessman believes the relief that he seeks will achieve proper service once publicized once in a Friday issue.
He is also giving Tsenengamu and Matutu a 10-day ultimatum to respond and enter their notice of appearance to defend or face the music.
Musarara claims the statements made by Tsenengamu and Matutu were wrongful and defamatory of him in that they were understood as if he was a corrupt individual.