Bribe claim: Dangote sues Zambian minister for defamation

By The Citizen

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. Agency report