Regina Mundi High loses $24 000 in bus deal gone bad

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Local News/analysis - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Court Re­porter

REGINA Mundi High School in Gweru has taken a Bu­l­awayo com­pany to court for al­legedly de­fraud­ing it of more than $24 000 in a botched bus deal.

The school and Hoxy In­vest­ments t/a Be For­ward Bu­l­awayo en­tered into an agree­ment of sale for a Toy­ota Coaster bus val­ued at $24 266.

Regina Mundi High School filed sum­mons at the Bu­l­awayo High Court cit­ing Be For­ward as the de­fen­dant. In its ap­pli­ca­tion through its lawyers Phulu and Ncube Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers, the school is seek­ing an or­der com­pelling the mo­tor com­pany to ei­ther de­liver the bus or re­im­burse the money. The school also wants an or­der di­rect­ing the Sher­iff of the High Court to as­sist in seiz­ing the bus from Be For­ward premises at Kelvin North in­dus­trial area.

Ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers, Be For­ward un­der­took to se­cure and de­liver the bus to Regina Mundi High upon pay­ment of $24 266 which the school paid.

“The de­fen­dant has breached the agree­ment of sale in that it has failed to de­liver the bus with­out law­ful cause. The de­fen­dant is obliged to de­liver the bus or al­ter­na­tively pay the dam­ages in the sum of $24 266 for breach of con­tract,” said the school’s lawyers.

Be For­ward has not yet filed op­pos­ing pa­pers. Of late there has been an in­crease in the num­ber of schools su­ing ve­hi­cle sup­pli­ers for fail­ing to de­liver. Re­cently an­other school, St James High School took Puzey and Payne to court for al­legedly fail­ing to de­liver a school bus.The school and the mo­tor sup­ply com­pany en­tered into an agree­ment of sale for a 33 seater bus val­ued at $56 400 with St James High School hav­ing paid $48 700.— @mash­nets.

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