BCC takes church to court over $45 000 debt

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda

BU­L­AWAYO City Coun­cil has taken Vic­tory Fellowship church to court for fail­ing to set­tle a debt of more than $45 000 in un­paid water bills and ser­vice charges.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity this week filed sum­mons at the Bu­l­awayo High Court cit­ing Vic­tory Fellowship as the de­fen­dant.

The coun­cil is de­mand­ing $45 071 from the church which is sit­u­ated along Ge­orge Silundika Street.

The coun­cil, through its lawyers James, Moy­oMa­jwabu and Ny­oni Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers, said the church con­tin­u­ously failed, re­fused or ne­glected to set­tle the out­stand­ing amounts de­spite de­mand.

“The de­fen­dant has not been pay­ing its ser­vice charges and has to date ac­cu­mu­lated ar­rears amount­ing to $45 071, 68 which sum de­spite de­mand, the de­fen­dant has failed or re­fused to pay,” said the coun­cil.

It said fail­ure by the church to pay the money im­pacted neg­a­tively on ser­vice de­liv­ery in the city.

“The fail­ure by the de­fen­dants to pay their statu­tory obli­ga­tion has neg­a­tively im­paired the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil’s ser­vice de­liv­ery in the city which in­cludes in­ter alia, road main­te­nance, pro­vi­sion of clean water, refuse col­lec­tion and other essen­tial ser­vices, which is a great dis­ad­van­tage to other rate pay­ers,” said the coun­cil’s lawyers.

In the court pa­pers, Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil wants the church to pay the debt with in­ter­est cal­cu­lated from the date the sum­mons were is­sued to the date of pay­ment.

Vic­tory Fellowship church has not yet filed a no­tice to en­ter an ap­pear­ance to de­fend the sum­mons. — @ mash­nets

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