The High Court has ordered social media personality and comedienne Mai Titi to pay a massive $500 000 in damages to former friend Memory Muyaka for remarks that she made on social media.
Muyaka who is the owner of Khloe’s Home Decor (Private) Limited filed the defamation lawsuit at the High Court after Mai Titi called her “a prostitute, a witch and a gossiper” during a tirade on social media platforms.
Muyaka who is being represented by lawyers Mundia and Mudhara Legal Practitioners alleged that Mai Titi falsely accused her and three others (Prophet Passion Java, Tyra ‘Madam Boss’ Chikocho and Wanisai ‘Mahwindo’ Mutandwa) of wanting to kill her. In outlining the asserted plot against her, Mai Titi is said to have claimed that the three are part of the Illuminati, a secret society that is believed to be involved in Satanism.
The comedian, real name Felistas Murata, did not bother to respond to the lawsuit.
The matter was heard before Harare High Court judge Justice Edith Mushore who after going through the records and hearing from Muyaka’s legal counsel ordered Mai Titi to pay the $500 000 damages that her former friend was demanding. Justice Mushore also slapped Mai Titi with the costs of the lawsuit and ordered that she should pay the $500 000 at the prescribed interest rate starting from the day of judgment to the date of full payment.
According to Muyaka’s court papers, the alleged defamatory statements were made over 6 months stretching from November 2019 to April 2020 on Mai Titi’s Facebook Page which has well over 170 000 followers.
“Plaintiff claim against the defendant is for an amount of $500,000 in respect of damages for defamation and interest. On several dates between November 17, 2019, and April 3, 2020, published several broadcasts on Facebook and WhatsApp platforms about the plaintiff whom she also calls Mai Khloe or Mai Maketeni.
“The said broadcasts stated that the plaintiff was a prostitute, a witch, a gossiper and someone who blackmails her clients.”
Mai Titi is yet to comment on the High Court order which was issued on September the 23rd.
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