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Methembe Ndlovu fires back

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Bantu Rovers president Methembe Ndlovu and his wife Portia, who jointly run Poshi’s Restaurant and were facing eviction two weeks ago over a $10 000 debt, have hit back at the proprietors of the premises denying that they are in arrears.
They are now demanding a “comprehensive write-up that justifies each and every cent charged”. Two weeks ago, NewsDay revealed that Poshi’s Restaurant was given 48 hours by Southgate and Bancroft to vacate the premises after they were said to have “failed or neglected to settle the outstanding debt”.
The total debt is $10 014.
However, through their lawyers James Moyo-Majwabu and Nyoni, Poshi’s Restaurant denied the debt saying there is “no legal merit for the termination without notice as indicated in your letter”.
Wrote the lawyers: “The unwitting spirit intends the parties to listen to the other concerns and not to adopt Hitlerism tendencies whenever the other’s folly is exposed. To this end, our clients denies (a) owing the sum of $10 014 00 for the rental and operations accounts and instead, avers that they are up- to- date on their accounts, in accordance to their own reconciliations; (b) that they are not in flagrant breach of the agreement of lease and insist that instead, it is your clients who are in breach thereof,” reads part of the letter.
Poshi’s Restaurant has a running lease agreement that that expires on March 31, 2012.
According to papers in possession of NewsDay, Phulu and Ncube Legal practitioners acting on instructions from Southgate and Bancroft had addressed the termination lease note to Bantu Rovers FC trading as Poshi’s Restaurant.
“We act for and are instructed by Southgate and Bancroft (Pvt) Ltd, our above mentioned client. Please note our brief and interest in the matter. Our client advises that you entered into lease agreement for the above-mentioned premises, situated on ground floor, Exchange Building, Corner Leopold Takawira and Main Street, Bulawayo. Your account is in arrears for unpaid rentals and operational costs totaling $10 014 00” reads the document.
Adds Poshi’s Restaurant response; “More significantly, our client requests to know what amount is due for rentals, and what amount is due for the operational costs. They insist on a comprehensive write-up that justifies each and every cent charged thereon. Essentially our client instructs us to inform yourself that they are not obdurate tenants to deal with. They lament the apparent high-handedness of your client’s representatives and their failure to not only see reason, but to adhere to the known tenets of common and professional conduct”.
Poshi’s Restaurant said it “will continue to pay what is due to your client and will continue to complain when they feel are being short-changed. They request your clients to be part of the solution and not the problem”.

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