Pastor fails to pay rent
17 May 2017
KINGDOM Celebration International Church’s Apostle Eugine Makore reportedly failed to pay for rentals at a house he was staying in one of Harare’s leafy suburbs sometime in 2016 leaving him sailing in a US$6 000 debt.
Apostle Makore, believed to be leading the church at Caledon Shops along Seke Road in Hatfield, is said to have accrued the debt in rentals for the period he was staying at No.42 Rossal Road in Kamfinsa, Harare.
Apostle Makore’s landlord, MTD Properties (Pvt) Ltd, has since written a letter of demand.
In their letter of demand prepared by lawyer Knowledge Maeresera of Chizenga, Maeresera and Chikumba Legal Practitioners, MTD Properties said:
“Our client advises us that you were our client’s tenant at Unit 12, No.42 Rossal Road Kamfinsa, Harare.
“You vacated the property in question sometime in October 2016.
“At the time that you vacated our client’s property you had arrears of US$6 000.
“Several verbal demands by our client’s representative for you to liquidate your indebtedness have been futile.
“In the premises were are instructed to demand as we hereby do payment of the sum of US$6 000 aforementioned together with our collection fee of US$600 in terms of the By Laws of the Law Society of Zimbabwe.
“The total amount in the sum of US$6 600 must be deposited into our trust account within five days from the date of service of this letter failing which our strict instructions are issue of summons for recovery of the stated amount as well as costs of suit on a legal practitioner and client scale without further notice to you”.
MTD Properties (Pvt) Ltd, through its lawyer, said in their claim Apostle Makore was supposed to pay US$900 in rentals plus another US$120 in levies.
“The defendant was a tenant of the Plaintiff at Unit 12, No.42 Rossal Road, Kamfinsa Harare.
“The defendant was initially paying US$1 000 per month as rentals which was later reviewed to US$900.
“In addition to the monthly rentals mentioned above, the Defendant was also oblidged to pay US$120 per month for levies.
“The defendant vacated plaintiff’s property in October 2016 having accumulated arrears in rentals and levies amounting to US$6 000.
“A written letter of demand was served on the Defendant on the 9th of March 2017 for payment of the aforementioned amount.
“Despite the demand the Defendant has failed, neglected and or refused to pay the Plaintiff its money aforementioned.
“Plaintiff’s claim against the Defendant is for payment of the sum of six thousand dollars plus interest thereon at the prescribed rate of interest calculated from the 9th of March to the date of full and final payment,” it claimed.
Apostle Makore has since written a notice of appearance to defend.