Zanu PF MP hit with $19 000 damages claim

HARARE - A Harare company has dragged Zanu PF Goromonzi West MP Beatrice Nyamupinga to court claiming damages from the parliamentarian over a vehicle she allegedly seized from the firm.

Backladen Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd is demanding $19 000 from Nyamupinga, which it claims is the value of the vehicle, a Nissan NP 300.

The firm told the court that it bought the vehicle from Linda Chivandire and loaned it to the late Theophilus Melusi, a friend to the company’s director Walter Madiro.

Nyamupinga allegedly took the vehicle in March 2010 from Melusi.

The company instituted legal proceedings against Nyamupinga in December 2010 in order for her to return the vehicle.

Nyamupinga reportedly opposed the application and told the court that she was holding the vehicle as security for $24 000 Melusi owed her.

The firm said when the case was still pending, Nyamupinga “wrongfully and unlawfully” allowed another person to drive the vehicle.

The vehicle was involved in an accident and was damaged beyond economic repair, according to the company.

The company said it never allowed Melusi to pledge the vehicle as security for his personal debt.

However, Nyamupinga denied the company’s averments and made a counter claim, demanding payment of her $24 000.

“The motor vehicle in question is over six years of age and taking into account depreciation it had no book value left at all,” Nyamupinga told the court.

She said, her belief was that Melusi was one of the company directors and their agreement was that she would only release the vehicle after being paid back her $24 000.

The matter is still to be heard. - Tendai Kamhungira

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