The Lusaka high court has ordered Labour minister Fackson Shamenda to pay Dangote industries K112,000 for defamation following the minister’s lies that he rejected a bribe from Dangote. The sum is however far much lower than what dangote are asking for.
The judgment was entered by the Lusaka high court deputy registrar after Shamenda wilfully decided to abscond court on three occasions. If he fails to pay the sum, the minister risks a jail sentence of not less than three years with hard labour.
Last year Shamenda lied that a human resource director at Dangote had enticed him with a bribe which he rejected. But information made available to the watchdog indicates that Shamenda was in fact trying to solicit for a bribe from the company. At some occasions Shamenda even used to make impromptu visits to the cement manufacturing plant in Ndola under the disguise of inspections.
The minister has been linked to various corruption scams involving investors who have been failing to comply with labour laws and also helped in shielding a game stores manager, Palan who was sexually abusing workers.