Monday, July 22, 2013

Furious Mutasa vows to sue Biti over fire death claims
08/07/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

ZANU PF administration secretary Didymus Mutasa has vowed to sue MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti for allegedly “accusing” him of causing the fire death of a 12-year old Headlands boy in February this year.

A seething Mutasa vowed Monday to take the MDC-T secretary general and Finance Minister to the cleaners over public statements linking him to Christpower Maisiri’s gruesome death.

The boy died after fire gutted a hut in which he was sleeping with his siblings. Four of the other children escaped the blaze but Christpowers was burnt to death after the roof caved in.

“I'm going to sue Biti for his reckless statements that I murdered Christpower Maisiri. I want Biti to tell me where he was when I was committing the crime. He must tell me all that,” charged Mutasa.
“I will sue him for a lot of money and if he fails to pay I will attach his house!”

Christpower was son to MDC-T aspiring legislator, Sherperd Maisiri, who is also the party’s deputy organising secretary for Headlands district.

The boy’s tragic death sparked a huge row between the coalition parties after the MDC-T claimed Zanu PF was responsible for the arson attack.
The MDC-T singled out Mutasa - the current MP for the area - for blame, accusing him or ordering an attack on Maisiri’s home.

“We told Didymus Mutasa (Zanu PF minister and local MP) that he is behind the murder of this boy,” Biti told mourners during the boy’s funeral.

“If he thought we were hiding under the cover of cabinet privilege, we are now saying it in public - Mutasa you killed this boy! If you think we are lying take us to court for defamation.”

Zanu PF dismissed the allegations as “baseless, offensive and malicious”.

Police later said the fire was caused by the explosion of tobacco chemicals and ammonium nitrate fertiliser which was in the house, adding they did not suspect any foul play.

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