The Windhoek High Court has prohibited land broker, Tommy Tjaronda, from publishing defamatory statements or allegations against former Namibia University Science and Technology (NUST) Vice Chancellor, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, and his wife, Neavera Tjivikua.
In a judgement handed down on Tuesday, Justice Harald Geier granted interim relief to the Tjivikuas who had sought to prevent Tjaronda from publishing defamatory, unfounded and untruthful statements or allegations on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, pending finalisation of a defamation lawsuit they instituted against the young broker in February.
Justice Geier ordered Tjaronda to remove any defamatory material related to the Tjivikuas from all his social media platforms until the defamation lawsuit has been finalised. He also ruled that the defamation case in which the Tjivikuas are suing Tjaronda for N$400,000 will be heard as a matter of urgency.
Tjaronda told the Windhoek Observer in an interview shortly after Geier’s judgement that he would respect the court’s “unfortunate” decision.
“I was big enough to unlock the much-needed investment of about N$140 million for my city, big enough to put up a fight, and I am big enough to accept the unfortunate judgment,” he said.
The 31-year-old Tjaronda has been embroiled in a nasty public spat with the Tjivikuas whom he accuse of trying to wiggle their way out of paying more than N$1.4 million in brokerage fees they allegedly owe him.
He is on record claiming that the esteemed professor has for the past three years used every trick in the book to avoid paying him 10 percent in fees after he brokered a deal between unnamed Chinese investors and the Tjivikuas in a multi-million dollar housing project in Khomasdal.
Tjaronda said the initial agreement was that he would be paid ten percent of the value he would have created through securing investors who would pay the City of Windhoek N$19.5 million for a piece of land secured by Tjivikua measuring 10.3 hectares in Khomasdal along Otjomuise road.
Tjivikua and his wife through their company, Waterberg Investment, roped in Tjaronda to secure investors for their project after they had failed to pay the municipality for the land that was allocated to them in 2014 through a tender.
The sale of the plot is said to have been cancelled twice by the municipality because of a lack of funds until the Chinese investors came on board.