One of Mutare’s leading outdoor entertainment joints, Pavilion Leisure Centre, run by G3 Big Fun Entertainment Company, is set to reopen after a Mutare Magistrate Court on Wednesday ruled that they resume business after being closed for almost a year.
The entertainment centre, which is owned by Mutare Polytechnic College, was closed in December 2009 after the college authorities increased rent to $1 500 from $500. G3 Big Fun disputed the increase.
In the ruling, Mutare magistrate Sharon Tatenda Chipanga granted the applicant (G3 Big Fun) access to its business premises and interdicted the respondent from disturbing the applicant’s business pending the determination of fair rentals by the Rent Board.
G3 Big Fun was represented by Ashley Mutungura of Mutungura and Partners while Mutare Polytechnic College was represented by Johane Zviuya of Bere Brothers.
Mutare Polytechnic argued that G3 Big Fun moved out of the premises voluntarily and that nothing was pending before the rent board as at February 13, 2010.
Chipanga ruled that G3 Big Fun’s assertion had a grain of truth in it as the acting college principal, Issac Gumiro, has not denied locking the gates to the premises and that the applicants would not have rushed to the courts for access to the business premises and to the Rent Board for help.
Soon after the ruling, Obey Hove, the director of G3 Big Fun, said they were now relieved that sanity had finally prevailed and they would be opening the leisure centre soon.
“We are now working on harmonising our working relationship with the college authorities. There should be no bad blood between us,” said Hove.
Meanwhile, G3 Big Fun has also clinched another deal as they will be running Chapter 1 Leisure Centre, 14km west of Mutare along the Masvingo-Mutare Highway.
The venue, owned by Tendai Chitowa, will change hands on December 31, 2010. Chitowa has decided to lease out the premises to G3 Big Fun after reportedly failing to make the leisure complex commercially viable.
Hove has promised to transform the giant leisure complex into one of the most prominent entertainment centres in the country.