Impala Car Rental, a car hire company whose vehicle was used in the abduction of university student Tawanda Muchehiwa by suspected State agents in July this year has refuted a report claiming that it is owned by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).
In a letter to The NewsHawks, the online publication that published the story linking the company to the CIO, Impala’s lawyers, Mudimu Law Chambers, cited twelve allegations carried by the story which they refuted, calling them lies.
The lawyers insisted that Impala Car Rental is a family business whose directors are Matirasa Francisca Dondo and Clara Dondo and not the CIO.
Further, Impala’s lawyers gave The NewsHawks 48 hours to retract the story, which they described as defamatory, frivolous and vexatious, or face litigation. They wrote:
We are advised by our client of a fictitious story written by Owen Garare Bridget Mananavire who operate under News Hawks.
Their story’s net effect was that the company in question is owned by the State security service Central intelligence Organisation (CIO)
… it’s clear that your story is actuated by malice and evil intention, the allegations in your story are not only defamatory but also frivolous and vexatious.
We do hereby demand that you kindly retract your story in its entirety, using the same mode of platform and giving it the same due weight as it was published, find hereto attached the CR14 of the company.
It is also of great concern that you used a Drone to take pictures and videos at our client’s premises without their consent.
We give you 48 hours to retract your story, the failure we will approach the courts for recourse and you will bear the costs of litigation.