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City doctor spared jail

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A Bulawayo businessman and medical doctor, Tanius Mumbengwegwi, escaped jail after Delta Beverages withdrew its application for his civil imprisonment over a $24 000 debt.

Mumbengegwi is accused of failing to pay for beverages which were supplied to his now defunct nightspot, Khami Bar, two years ago.

Delta Beverages lawyer Ndabezinhle Mazibuko last week requested Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha to remove the matter from the roll on the day the application for Mumbengegwi’s civil imprisonment was supposed to be heard.

Mazibuko said they wanted to give Mumbengegwi a chance to settle the bill out of court and that he had indicated his willingness to do so.

Khami Bar folded last year.

Mumbengegwi also operates surgeries in the city.
Delta Beverages was seeking to have Mumbengwegwi imprisoned at Bulawayo Prison, commonly known as Grey Prison.

The civil imprisonment application came after he failed to pay the debt as ordered by Kamocha on September 19 last year.

Delta Beverages had to apply for a writ of attachment of movable property which was granted on October 12.

However, after visiting Khami Bar to attach Mumbengewi’s property on December 21, the Deputy Sheriff of the High Court found nothing attachable with the value of the debt.

This prompted Delta Beverages to approach the court in January this year, seeking Mumbegengwi’s imprisonment.

On February 24, the matter was set down for hearing on March 8, but was postponed to March 22 when it was eventually removed from the court roll.

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