LOCAL bean processing company Oil Castor Zimbabwe has cleared the air on the dispute pitting the company against Miss Rural Zimbabwe founder Sipho Mazibuko.
The company which sponsors Miss Rural Africa clashed with Mazibuko over the use of the name but Oil Castor Zimbabwe co-founder Alvaro Arellano revealed that the two parties have resolved the issues after lawyers’ intervention.
He said there was a clear distinction between the two names as evidenced by the phrasing hence the trademark was not similar to Mazibuko’s.
He also cited that, Mazibuko had tried to threaten him through false accusations and at one time tried to extort him.
“That lady (Mazibuko) tried to extort me for money, threatened my kids, paid to have pictures taken of us, photo-shopped Whatsapp conversations.
“ It was a real scary episode; however I wish them all the best, and hope they reflect on what’s so toxic in their lives that they project this negativity outwards and make the necessary adjustments, “Álvaro said.
Mazibuko’s mobile phone was not reachable at the time of writing amid reports that she was detained by police last Saturday.
Alvaro said he had moved on and concentrating on bankrolling Miss Rural Africa where the winner will be announced on June 30 and voting is still underway.
The Miss Rural Zimbabwe contest was last held in 2007 under the guidance of Mazibuko but Alvaro is adamant that his pageant ‘Miss Rural Africa’ is clearly distinct in name and his lawyers advised him to use that.
The pageant was marred with controversy as Mazibuko clashed with politicians after alleging that they were targeting her models and the matter spilled to the courts.
Meanwhile, Oil Castor Zimbabwe has diversified into provision of 100 percent castor oil which possesses a healing effect.