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Zinwa sues Zanu PF stalwart over unpaid water bills

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Former Zanu PF central committee member Joseph Macheka recently signed a deed of settlement with the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) after the latter had issued summons at the High Court demanding payment of over $11 000 owed in unpaid water bills.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Following the issuance of the summons in March this year, Macheka reportedly approached Zinwa in October and signed an acknowledgement of debt before making a payment plan.

According to the deed of settlement, Zinwa instituted legal proceedings against Macheka for the payment of $11 353,34 for the water supplied at Macheka’s Spring Farm, which is located off Shamva Road in Bindura.

“The defendant (Macheka) approached the plaintiff (Zinwa) and acknowledged the debt in writing and made a payment proposal which plaintiff agreed to, the defendant agreed to settle the same on the terms outlined below,” part of the deed of settlement reads.

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“The parties agreed that the capital debt amount is the sum of $5 499,80 . . . the defendant acknowledged their indebtedness to plaintiff in the sum of $5 797,53 and defendant undertakes to pay plaintiff’s agreed legal costs in the sum of $900.”

The summons filed under case number HC2761/15 stated that Zinwa and Macheka entered into an agreement in terms of which Zinwa agreed to sell water to Macheka for his farming activities.

It is said pursuant to the agreement, Macheka consumed various quantities of water supplied by Zinwa and the latter issued invoices, but Macheka, in breach of the agreement, failed to pay for each invoice in full.

“As a result of the defendant’s breach, the plaintiff has unnecessarily been caused to incur legal costs to recover the sum due. The defendant should, therefore, be liable for costs of suit on an attorney and client scale,” Zinwa had claimed, but the matter was not taken further as the Zanu PF stalwart admitted liability and promised to pay.

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