Judegment Day At The High Court London

Judegment Day At The High Court London
Mengi v Hermitage: Libel Claim Successfully Defended

Friday, 4 September 2009


IPP Media has been constantly used as an instrument of journalistc terrorism in the Silverdale Case. In articles written by Moshi journalist Jackson Kimambo, the media outlet has persistently printed defamatory articles which amount to criminal libel in accordance with the penal code of Tanzania and always, defame the interests of British investors Stewart Middleton and Sarah Hermitage and support those of Benjamin Mengi no matter how ridiculous the content is.

If the allegations printed by IPP Media were not so serious, they would in fact be laughable amounting to inaccurate comic book journalism being an indictment on a media outlet that confesses to be the best in the region.

An article printed in the Guardian on 19th January 2006 MOSHI BUSINESSMAN TAKES BACK COFFEE PLANTAION stated that Benjamin Mengi had taken back the lease to Silverdale & Mbono Farms. This was complete nonsense and in March 2006 in Land Case 1, of 2006 in the High Court in Moshi, Judge Kileo, dismissed Mengi's claim to the lease.

The article also stated that Mr. Stewart Middleton had been charged with issuing a fake cheque. No such crime exists under Tanzanian law!!! It was also stated that Mr Middleton and his staff Able Ng’oja had 'allegedly conspired in forging contracts to the farm'. No such charge exists for allegedly conspiring under Tanzanian law. The Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew both charges as soon as he was made aware of the facts.

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