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Airtime debt lands chief in court


The President of Zimbabwe Council of Chiefs, Chief Fortune Charumbira, has been taken to court by Econet Wireless, for allegedly failing to settle debts of over $1 000 arising from telecommunication services.
According to court papers, Econet is demanding a payment of $ 1 247 for services rendered sometime in 2009.
The court papers say Charumbira failed to pay the debt by December 2009.
“The plaintiff (Econet) at the defendant’s (Charumbira) specific request and instance provided the defendant with telecommunication services amounting to $1 247.08 as at 31st December 2009 which despite demand the defendant has refused/neglected to pay for more than a period of 90 days,” the court papers read.
The mobile network provider says persistent efforts to recover the sum owed by Charumbira have been fruitless.
Econet wants Charumbira to pay the owed amount with interest and settle the full costs of the lawsuit.
“Plaintiff claims, payment of the sum of $ 1247.08, interest thereon at the prescribed rate with effect from January 1 2010 to date of payment and costs of suit,” Econet said.
Econet Wireless is struggling to recover thousands of dollars it is owed by subscribers on its contract line scheme who are not settling bills.
Recently, Econet took its rival Netone to court for unpaid debts amounting to $ 9 million.
Econet said Netone has not been paying inter connectivity fees since last year.

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