Zimbabwe: Grain Millers to sue South African news platform for defamation

The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) following a published report by South Africa’s Daily Maverick has threatened to sue for defamation.

According to New Zimbabwe, the news platform published a report which projected the business group as a scandal-ridden association that commits illegal transactions with impunity.

In a letter of complaint sent to South Africa’s _ Daily Editor_, the Acting General Manager of GMAZ, Garikai Chaunza made it known that the group was dazed by the publication.

“We wish to categorically state that the allegations laid therein are not only incorrect but are malicious and defamatory,” Chaunza said.

The group debunked the claims in the publication that alleged that they are involved in scandals, stating that the said scandals were fact-checked and no one so far has contacted the organisation.

GMAZ also denies the claim that the government’s grain subsidy programme isn’t transparent.

It added, “To claim, as your report did, that the issue of subsidised maize and wheat is nothing but a cartel set up of collision of any sort between the government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and GMAZ, is shocking and completely uncalled for, at the very least.

“We wish to reiterate that subsidies never profiteered any of the millers, but millers only acted as a conduit to lower the price of the maize meal.

“We are under reasonable apprehension that your report was concocted with these falsehoods and timed to be released now to negatively influence sanction regime stance review on Zimbabwe.

“We are wherefore inviting you to re-check your facts and do the needful by retracting your claims in the next 14 days.

“Should you fail or refuse to do so, we will not hesitate to approach the courts of law in your jurisdiction with a prayer for hefty damages,” GMAZ said.

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