Home » Judicial » CIO Boss Bonyongwe Loses U.S $15 Million ‘Windfall’

A HIGH court judge has described as strange a decision to award Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) boss Happyton Bonyongwe US$10 million for a defamation claim.

Bonyongwe demanded the compensation from then Africa Consolidated Resources chief executive Andrew Cranswick over a WikiLeaks report linking the spy chief to diamond smuggling at Marange.

The default judgement against Cranswick was granted by High Court Judge Justice Ben Hlatshwayo in 2012.

However, quashing the default ruling on Wednesday Justice Happias Zhou said the US$10 million award was strange considering that most damages awarded since the introduction of the multi-currency system ranged from $2 000 to $7 000.

The judge was ruling on a Cranswick’s challenge against the default determination.

“Taking into account all the relevant factors, I am convinced that good and sufficient cause has been established for this court to set aside the default judgement,” said the judge.

“The effect of my order is to reinstate the applicant’s defence which was struck out. In the result, it is ordered that the order granted in Case Number 275 11 in default of the applicant on November 16, 2012 be and is hereby set aside.”

Source : New Zimbabwe