Allegations were that Shonhe had hired one Moffat Allison to kill Messah and a number of influential people in MDC-T. In a letter to Messah, Shonhe’s lawyer Harrison Nkomo of Mtetwa and Nyambirai law firm said “the allegations soiled the good image of our client who is a senior employee of the Movement for Democratic Change”.
According to the letter, Messah has to apologise in writing to Shonhe and withdraw “the obvious false charges that you reported to the police”. “If you fail to implement the conditions…we advise that we are under strict instructions to issue summons for defamation against you and Moffat Allison jointly and severally, the one paying the other to be absolved,” the lawyer wrote in a March 9 2012 dated letter.
Nkomo said Messah had connived with Allison to “manufacture unfounded, false and malicious allegations” against Shonhe that he wanted to kill a number of top MDC-T officials.
The lawyer said the malicious allegations were that Messah was among the people to be murdered “notwithstanding the fact that you are not a member of the party”.
According to the lawyer, the conduct amounts to defamation in that the allegations are false and that it soiled the good image of Shonhe.