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Judge grants AMH default judgement


ALPHA Media Holdings yesterday won a High Court case where former Kwekwe City Council director for Health Services Alva Senderayi had filed a civil defamatory case over an article published by NewsDay, a subsidiary of the group, two years ago.

Report by Staff Reporter

He was claiming $150 000 in damages over a story titled Golden handshake for former director, published on February 7, 2011.

Senderayi and his lawyers Danziger and Partners yesterday failed to turn up at the High Court in time resulting in Justice Priscilla Chigumba granting a default judgment in favour of Alpha Media Holdings.

Senderayi’s argument was that the NewsDay story had misrepresented facts by alleging he had been illegally dismissed and offered $30 000 by Kwekwe City Council as an exit package.

He also claimed he had not been dismissed from work and that the article had defamed him as a professional doctor of high standing in society.

Alpha Media Holdings, its Editor-in-Chief Vincent Kahiya and NewsDay Midlands reporter Blessed Mhlanga, who wrote the story, denied that the article had been defamatory and the default judgment in their favour was pronounced.

It was ruled that Senderayi was to meet legal costs for both parties.

Alpha Media Holdings was represented by Advocate Erik Morris, instructed by Linda Cook.

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