Bribe Claims: Dangote Sues Zambia’s Labour Minister For Defamation

Bribe Claims: Dangote Sues Zambia’s Labour Minister For Defamation

By Agency Reports on October 13, 2014
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Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive of Nigeria's Dangote Group speaks during the final session of the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Cape Town June 6, 2008. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)

AFP – 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 showed Monday.

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 112,042.84 kwacha ($17,728), according to documents filed in the High Court.

On September 15, the Post Newspaper 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 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 360 kilometres north of the capital Lusaka.

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