Mliswa demands US$15m from Rautenbach – The Sunday Mail

via Mliswa demands US$15m from Rautenbach – The Sunday Mail by kuda bwititi | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014

Zanu-PF Mashonaland West chairman Mr Temba Mliswa is now demanding US$15 million in defamation reparations from business tycoon Mr Conrad “Billy” Rautenbach for allegedly calling him an “extortionist”. In the potentially explosive case, now unfolding after Mr Mliswa claimed Mr Rautenbach owes him US$165 million for securing critical stakes in three major business ventures, the vocal politician gave the businessman up to last Thursday to respond.

Mr Mliswa, through his lawyer, Mr Jonathan Samkange of Venturas and Samkange, said he would take the matter to court after they did not hear from Mr Rautenbach.

Mr Rautenbach could not be reached for comment yesterday.

“Our client’s claim for damages is in the sum of US$15 million for defamation of character,” said Mr Samkange in a letter to the multi-millionaire.

“Unless we hear from you as to how you intend to settle our client’s claims by no later than noon 10th of April 2014, summons will be issued against you without any further warning.”

Mr Samkange said his client was entitled to the damages after his reputation was tainted by an article in The Herald, which quoted Mr Rautenbach calling him an extortionist.

“We act on behalf of our above-named client, who is the Member of Parliament for Hurungwe West. He has instructed us to demand payment for damages arising from your defamatory statement published in The Herald of the 1st of April 2014. This article appeared on the front page as the lead story.

“You accused our client of being an ‘extortionist’. In the article you further claimed that our client victimised you. These allegations are false, malicious and defamatory. The statement was designed to injure the reputation of our client, who is the Member of Parliament for Hurungwe West and the chairman of Zanu-PF Mashonaland West Province.”

He added: “The article was widely read both in the print media and electronic media, making it accessible throughout the world.

“This has brought embarrassment and humiliation to our client, family, friends and fellow legislators. When you caused this article to be published you were fully aware of the effect it would have on our client. It is clear from the article that you intended to injure our client’s good name and reputation.”

The dramatic fall-out between Mr Rautenbach and Mr Mliswa emerged after the Hurungwe West legislator claimed that the businessman owed him US$165 million for the role he played in securing the former’s business interests in Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant, Unki Platinum Mines and Hwange Colliery Company.

He claimed to have facilitated meetings with high-ranking officials who include Presidential Affairs Minister Didymus Mutasa; Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Obert Mpofu, who was then the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, as well as Deputy Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement Mr Tendai Savanhu, who was the chairman of Hwange Colliery.

He also claimed that Arda chairman Mr Basil Nyabadza facilitated the Chisumbanje deal in exchange for an upmarket house in Mutare.
Minister Mutasa and Mr Nyabadza have since distanced themselves from the matter.

Mr Mliswa demanded US$100 million as his 10 percent shareholding in a Unki Mine concession, which, he says, Mr Rautenbach improperly sold for US$1 billion to British investors.

He said there was strong reason to believe that only a portion of that US$1 billion came into Zimbabwe, and was used to start up operations at Chisumbanje.

The legislator claimed that the additional US$65 million was for a stake in Green Fuel, the company producing ethanol in Chisumbanje.
For some time, Mr Mliswa was paid US$10 for every tonne of coal mined at Hwange and US$5 per tonne of coke.

A tonne of coal costs no less than US$100.

The coal and coke payments were later stopped and Mr Rautenbach’s contract with Hwange was cancelled because, according to the party provincial chairman, he exported the coke instead of supplying it to Hwange Thermal Power Station.

Mr Mliswa also alleges that Green Fuel recently failed to supply ethanol to the market because Mr Rautenbach had exported four million litres of the product to settle unrelated obligations outside Zimbabwe.

 

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12 comments on “Mliswa demands US$15m from Rautenbach – The Sunday Mail
  1. ZimJim says:

    “Mr Mliswa claimed Mr Rautenbach owes him US$165 million for securing critical stakes in three major business ventures”

    Mmmmm. Mliswa is an ars#ole. Sue me.

  2. KIBBS says:

    The two venomous snakes have bitten each other. Would be grand if we never hear from either of them again ever!

  3. Kondo says:

    Temba Mliswa is the biggest sellout. He soldout platinum deposits worth billions in exchange for a few millions.

  4. Ruramai says:

    Crooks at eah other’s throats as always. Laughable Rautenbach is being accused of tarnishing an already tarnished reputation. Mliswa has long been a well known thug, bully, fraudster and extortionist.

  5. Zen says:

    “This has brought embarrassment and humiliation to our client. It is clear from the article that you intended to injure our client’s good name and reputation.”
    I’m rolling on the floor laughing.How is it possible to embarrass someone who has no shame?And since when has a reputation for being a bully,thief, thug and robber been subject to injury?

  6. Rwendo says:

    At least for a short while ZANU PF has become more notable for entertainment, drama and buffoonery than the violence they have more notorious for in the past.

  7. munzwa says:

    Give it to him Billy… you both are extortionists…

  8. Pedzeranai says:

    Talk of baboons fighting over a maize cob, the field is dry and there is VERY little left!!! Pedzeranai.

  9. NBS says:

    On the broad road that leads to destruction methinks! Both of them!

  10. Jake says:

    So he is still looking for a 10% cut from the 165 million. This lot need to share a cell.

  11. tiritoga says:

    Who is behind Temba? Why is he not being arrested for coming out clean on corruption. ZANU PF style

  12. Mandy says:

    Disggusting, it makes me sick, two people talk about millions of USD, like money grows on trees. How really sad,no one can buy there way into heaven, they will pay dearly in the next life. :)

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