ZimParks sues sa­fari com­pany over $58 000 un­paid rentals

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda

THE Zim­babwe Parks and Wildlife Man­age­ment Author­ity (ZimParks) is su­ing a Vic­to­ria Falls sa­fari com­pany for al­legedly fail­ing to pay about $58 000 in rentals and lease fees for the past seven years.

ZimParks this week filed sum­mons at the Bu­l­awayo High Court cit­ing Falcon Sa­faris as the de­fen­dant.

ZimParks is de­mand­ing a to­tal of $57 811 from the sa­fari com­pany for out­stand­ing rentals, in­ter­est and hold over dam­ages.

The wildlife author­ity, in its sum­mons filed through its lawyers Cogh­lan and Welsh Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers, said the de­fen­dant has con­tin­u­ously failed, re­fused or ne­glected to set­tle the out­stand­ing amounts de­spite de­mand.

“In breach of the terms and con­di­tions of the lease agree­ment, the de­fen­dant has be­tween 2009 and 2016 failed to make pay­ments of a sum of $57 811,46 with re­spect to lease fees, out­stand­ing rentals and in­ter­est. The de­fen­dant has failed or ne­glected to pay the debt,” said its lawyers.

ZimParks has since ter­mi­nated the lease agree­ment and seeks an or­der to evict Falcon Sa­faris from Jetty Site of the Zam­bezi Na­tional Park in Vic­to­ria Falls.

Falcon Sa­faris leased the premises ex­clu­sively to con­duct boat launch­ing, bush din­ners and sun­set river cruises.

ZimParks and Falcon Sa­faris en­tered into a 10-year lease agree­ment in June 2008.

Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, the de­fen­dant was obliged to pay rates and other ser­vice charges levied upon the leased premises by rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

In pa­pers be­fore the court, ZimParks is de­mand­ing that the de­fen­dant pay the debt with an in­ter­est and hold over dam­ages cal­cu­lated from the date of sum­mons to the date of evic­tion and the le­gal costs.

Falcon Sa­faris has not yet filed a no­tice to en­ter an ap­pear­ance to de­fend the sum­mons. — @mash­nets

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