Lusaka – Dangote Industries Zambia is suing the country’s labour minister, Fackson Shamenda, for defamation after he claimed that a senior company official tried to bribe him, court documents show.
The subsidiary of Nigeria’s Dangote Group – owned by Aliko Dangote who is ranked by Forbes magazine as the richest man in Africa – is claiming unspecified damages for slander and libel as well as special damages in the sum of just more than $17 700, according to documents filed in the High Court.
The Post newspaper on 15 September carried a story under the headline “Dangote offers Shamenda a bribe” in which the minister claimed that a Nigerian human resources manager from the company had offered him a bribe which he rejected.
“He told me that it was a tradition in their culture to give someone a token of appreciation,” Shamenda was quoted as saying.
“May I take this opportunity to warn Dangote and all other investors in the country to avoid enticing government officials with bribes – it hinders progress.”
Dangote Industries is setting up a multimillion dollar cement plant in Ndola, about 360km north of the capital Lusaka.
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