Telecel in court over US$34,000 rental arrears

MOBILE network operator Telecel Zimbabwe has been sued for allegedly failing to pay more than US$34 000 in rentals for one of its rented properties in Mabelreign, Harare.

According to the summons before the High Court, Telecel incurred arrears of US$34 400 and Peter Saopa, the applicant alleges he has tried to get payment but to no avail.

Hence, Saopa is demanding that Telecel settles the bill before they cancel the deal.

The papers filed early this week state that on February 1, 2010, the parties executed a lease agreement in which Telecel would rent the property as a cellular telecommunications site.

Parties agreed that the lease duration would be for 15 years commencing from February 1, 2010, to January 31, 2025.

They agreed that Telecel would erect a cellular communications tower and mount a cellular antenna and microwave equipment on the property on an agreed location on the property.

Saopa said rentals for the property was pegged at US$200 per month, with the amount reviewed after the first six months and that thereafter the rental would be reviewed annually in accordance with the macro-economic conditions.

In June 2018 Telecel is said to have stopped paying rentals but remained in occupation of the facility and made no effort to remedy the breach of contract.

It is alleged that Telecel failed to pay rentals for 32 months.

Telecel is yet to respond. – ZBC

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