Al Shanfari hits back at Khalfan

HARARE - Omani businessman Thamer Al Shanfari who has been slapped with a $2 million lawsuit by fellow countryman, Kamal Khalfan, insists the latter was out to “deprive him of his assets and business opportunities” in Zimbabwe.

While the Catercraft (Private) Limited (Catercraft) owner has claimed Al Shanfari had “humiliated and degraded” him through a verbal assault last year, the Oasis Energy Group (Oasis) founder says it was actually Khalfan who had threatened him.

“In fact, it is the plaintiff who threatened defendant in that he will use his influence to acquire defendant’s properties in Zimbabwe,” the businessman said in his response to Khalfan’s early January 2013 legal action.

The development also comes as Harare law firm Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni has inexplicably renounced agency for the Catercraft chairman, and founder.

In his plaintiff’s declaration, Khalfan says his ex-business partner had called him “sick and vindictive” through a barrage of harsh or strongly-worded cellphone messages.

And as accusations, and counter-accusations continue to fly in the aftermath of their falling out, Al Shanfari had said in a $10 million suit against Khalfan that the latter had rubbished him before several government officials and that he was trying to hijack his business ventures.

These include a proposed diamond mining venture with Bulgarian national Blagoy Pishinov’s Bul Mining in Marange and others.

However, Khalfan has strenuously denied this.

Al Shanfari argues that Khalfan is battling to elbow him from doing business in Zimbabwe.

Speaking to the Daily News last week, Al Shanfari said: “Khalfan is a dubious, he is trying to tarnish my image even to the investors brought to Zimbabwe. He took away the investors I had brought to Zimbabwe for a mining venture after lying to them and tarnishing my image to them. Now he is trying to create a rift between me and Blagoy, yet Blagoy is my friend.

“Khalfan claims to have political connections in Zimbabwe and he tries hard to have my people and myself banned from entering the country. Some time ago, my people were raided at my offices over nothing and were chased away from the country. But we won the case in court and they are back,” fumed Al Shanfari.

Khalfan, who carries a British passport is reportedly well connected in Zimbabwe’s political circles and is said to be on first name terms with ministers and top army officials.

Comments (3)

Mr Alshanfari , has no image to protect . He has shafted and stole a lot of money he should be banned from our be loved country

Geof - 12 January 2014

he is right . he was raided with his brother in law arrested . he is very much connected in Israel thats why he always gets a way with it .

sam - 12 January 2014

Thamer Alshanfari Has very good connection with Mosad and they won't let him go to Trial . His Beaty Queen Wife ( Rana Raslan ) will make sure he gets the Israeli Support he needs .

Gof - 7 March 2014

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