THE ZIMBABWE National Water Authority (Zinwa) has taken former Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial chairman Ray Kaukonde to court over a $50 000 unpaid bill for water supplied to his Pagejo RaRubi Farm along Harare-Nyamapanda Road.
by PAIDAMOYO MUZULU
Kaukonde becomes the first prominent public personality to be dragged to court by the water authority over non-payment of raw water supplied for irrigation as Zinwa battles to stay afloat.
In the summons before the High Court in Harare, Zinwa is demanding payment of the outstanding amount plus interest from the date of summons until the date of full payment.
“Plaintiff’s (Zinwa) claim as against the defendant (Kaukonde) is for the payment of the sum of $49 029,74 representing the cost of water sold and delivered to the defendant in terms of an agreement entered into between the plaintiff and defendant which amount despite demand the defendant has refused and/or neglected to pay,” Zinwa says in its application.
However, in his response, Kaukonde has demanded further particulars from the water authority about the nature of the agreement they had.
“Was the agreement between the plaintiff and defendant written or verbal? If written, a copy thereof is requested” Kaukonde wrote.
He added that the water authority should provide him with details of when and where the agreement was entered into, the exact terms of the agreement and if it was done through a third party, the name of the person who entered on his behalf.
Kaukonde further requested to be supplied with the invoices
delivered to him that were not paid.
In its papers, Zinwa maintains that pursuant to the agreement, it sold and delivered water to Kaukonde and issued him with invoices indicating the cost. It further added that Kaukonde breached the agreement by failing or neglecting to make due and punctual payments for the water supplied.