Pavilion boss peeved by Mutare Polytechnic stance

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Businessman Obey Hove is livid with the Mutare Polytenic because the college is refusing to allow him to re-open his Pavilion Leisure Centre.

The popular drinking spot was closed two months ago over a rent dispute between the Mutare Polytech, which owns the building, and Hove a director of G3 Big Fun Entertainment.

Hove, who is peeved at the loss of income, says college authorities unfairly hiked rentals at the Pavilion because they felt he was making big bucks.

“This is a clear show of greed that is not tolerated. They have raised rentals to US$1500 from US$500, that makes it a 200 percent increment. This is unlawful,” said Hove.

The college has refused to budge, so Hove has taken the fight further by engaging lawyers and the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) to intervene on his behalf.

A copy of a letter to Hove by the acting principal dated November 12, 2009 reads in part: “You are now well established and accustomed to the clientele. It is apparent and self evident that the increase is now long overdue. You are obliged to reflect on the respect and good treatment the institution has given you.”

But lawyers representing the Rent Board have advised the college to revise their increase while action to determine the correct charges was being considered

“We have noted that such rentals are exorbitant and uncalled for,” said the Rent Board lawyers Mutungura & Associates in a letter to the college.

“We have referred the matter to the Rent Board for determination and till then, our client will be paying US$600”.

But despite this, college authorities ordered the closure of the leisure centre.

Tafadzwa Musarara, the AAG secretary general, said: “The closure of the business is illegal. Authorities at the college must not resort to self-help solutions.”