Tendai Biti, MDC-T secretary-general, is suing President Robert Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba, Zimpapers, and two journalists working for the Herald for defamation after they allegedly published false and defamatory articles intended to characterise him as "a power-hungry politician",  writes Wongai Zhangazha in the Zimbabwe Independent.

Biti is demanding US$500 000 in damages.

In his High Court lawsuit, Biti cited Zimpapers, Charamba, whom he also referred to as Nathaniel Manheru, Herald political editor Mabasa Sasa, and senior political reporter Sydney Kuwaza as defendants in the case.

Biti claimed in court papers that on different occasions, the Herald published articles that were "intended and were understood by readers of the newspaper to mean that he was "a power-hungry politician" and "is plotting to oust the president of his party Morgan Tsvangirai".

He said the articles implied that he was placing "self-interest above those of the Zimbabwean nation".

The Herald was also accused of publishing articles that readers understood to mean that Biti scuttled the formation of the all-inclusive government for selfish and personal interests to the detriment of the Zimbabwean nation and was generally unethical.

Click here to read the full report, posted on the Zimbabwe Independent website.