HARARE businessman Alex Mashamhanda has threatened to sue Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo for allegedly defaming him and his company following their fallout over supply of water treatment chemicals to
Harare City Council.
Report by Moses Matenga, Staff Reporter
Last month Chombo stopped Mashamhanda’s firm MT and N from supplying water chemicals to the council, arguing the businessman’s company nearly delivered a toxic chemical to the local authority’s Morton Jaffray Waterworks following a mix-up at its warehouse.
However, Mashamhanda denied the allegations and accused Chombo of deliberately seeking to tarnish his image.
Mashamhanda said his lawyers have since served Chombo with a letter of demand.
Part of the letter written last week reads: “Our instructions are that the comments ascribed to you are factually incorrect as none of our clients aforesaid wrongly delivered salt (instead of Aluminum Sulphate) or Sodium Cyanide to Morton Jaffray.”
Mashamhanda demanded that Chombo makes a public retraction or apology on national television, radio and newspapers circulating in Zimbabwe within seven days.
The lawyers warned: “Our client will, in the circumstances, take all steps necessary to protect his reputation, including instituting legal proceedings for appropriate relief from the courts . . .”
Chombo was not immediately available for comment yesterday.