Kabimba’s law firm sued over K377,339.25 rental arrears

By Staff Reporter

RAINBOW party leader Wynter Kabimba’s law firm has been sued in the Lusaka High Court for failing to settle over K377,000 rental bills to the National Pensions Scheme Authority .

And the National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA) is seeking an order that W.M Kabimba and Company vacates the offices he occupies at Godfrey House on Longolongo road in Lusaka.

W.M. Kabimba and Company  has been sued  for failure to pay K377, 339.25 rentals.

Last year, Kabimba was again sued by NAPSA for neglecting to settle rental bills.

According to a statement of claim filed in the High Court Commercial registry, NAPSA stated that sometime in 1996, it entered into a lease agreement with the firm for the possession and occupancy of a portion of Godfrey House situated at plot No.6131 corner of Kabelenga and Longolongo road and that the said agreement was renewable yearly.

NAPSA stated that arising from the said lease agreement, W.M. Kabimba and Company had throughout the term of his occupation and used the premises and was liable to pay the agreed monthly rent of K7,515.14 and K657.68 utility charges.

The plaintiff stated that the firm had throughout the use of the premises been liable to pay the agreed monthly rent which currently stood at K377,339.25 as at June 30, 2019.

NAPSA stated that in so far as it is known to it, the firm  has not made any effort to honor its obligation or promises to pay the outstanding rental arrears.

“That during the period that the defendant has been in possession of the demised premises, the defendant has been inconsistent in paying its rentals and has unjustifiably refused, failed or neglected to liquidate the rental arrears,” NAPSA stated.

The plaintiff stated that it was  entitled to recover the monies that it has been deprived of by W.M.Kabimba and Company as well as possession of the premises from the respondent.

NAPSA stated it will aver at trial that the law firm was clearly not able to sustain occupancy of the premises due to the total contumelious disregard of the agreement between the parties.

The plaintiff added that the continued possession of the premises  and failure, neglect or deliberate refusal to honor obligation was depriving it from its much  needed investment returns from the premises.

NAPSA is claiming payment of K377,339.25 being the unpaid rentals due, payment of K14,195 utility charges as at July 1, 2019, profits and vacant possession of the premises.
They are also claiming interest on the amount found due and any other relief that the court might deem fit.