Labour minister Fackson Shamenda has been unable to pay K112,024.84 to Dangote Industries for defamation and is now proposing for an out of court settlement, and the Lusaka high Court has set 30th June 2015 as date for status conference.
In the matter Shamenda was found guilty of having defamed Dangote Industries when he lied that the company wanted to bribe him, this prompted Africa’s renowned firm to drag the labour minister to court for defamation. The defamatory words were published on 13th September last year.
In spite of having been warned and asked to retract his statement, Shamenda maintained his position but when he was sued he failed to appear in court to substantiate his wild allegations. He also failed to show up to show defence when he was found with a case to answer thereby making the High Court to enter an interlocutory judgment ordering him to pay K112,024.84
After sensing the gravity of the matter, he began sending emissaries to Theottis Mataka and Sampa Legal practitioners asking for an out of court settlement, which may be agreed upon when all conditions are met.