Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Ambassador in $116,000 fight

FORMER Zimbabwe Ambassador to Egypt Aaron Maboyi-Ncube has dragged his business partner to court for allegedly refusing to share a debt of $116 100 emanating from council rates and expenses at their farm in Insiza District.

Ambassador Maboyi-Ncube filed summons at the Bulawayo High Court seeking an order compelling Mr Bonang Mbulawa Dube to reimburse him $58 050 after he settled a council debt and some expenses alone.

The Ambassador and Dube are registered co-owners of Oasis Ranch, each holding 50 percent shareholding.

In papers before the court, Ambassador Maboyi-Ncube is the plaintiff while Mr Dube was cited as the defendant.
Ambassador in $116,000 fight
Ambassador Maboyi-Ncube, who is also a Zanu-PF Central Committee member, through his lawyers Sansole and Senda Legal Practitioners, said his business partner had reneged on his obligations.

“Plaintiff avers that in accordance with the ownership ratio, the plaintiff and defendant are obliged to pay all rates and such expenses are due on an equal share basis. The total amount of expenses incurred on Oasis Ranch and the improvements thereon made and paid by the plaintiff amount in total to the sum of $116 100,” said Ambassador Maboyi-Ncube.

The former diplomat accused Mr Dube of deliberately neglecting to pay the money despite demand.

“Defendant is obligated to pay $58 050 being his 50 percent share derived from the ownership of the business enterprise. Despite his obligation to share the expenses on an equal basis, defendant has refused or neglected to pay his half,” said Ambassador Maboyi-Ncube.

He wants his business partner to reimburse him the money with prescribed interest calculated from the date of summons to the date of full and final payment. Ambassador Maboyi-Ncube also wants Mr Dube to pay the legal costs at attorney-client scale.

Mr Dube has not yet filed opposing papers challenging the lawsuit.