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Deputy minister sued over botched cement deal

Deputy minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Davison Marapira has been taken to the High Court by a local company, Lyonais Investments (Pvt) Ltd which is seeking an order to compel the legislator to deliver 600 bags of PC 15 cement.

According to court papers, the firm said it had an agreement of sale with Marapira sometime last year and it paid $9 600 for 600 bags of cement but Marapira did not fulfil his obligation.

“Sometime in November 2018 the defendant (Marapira) sold to the plaintiff (Lyonais Investments) 600 bags of PC 15 cement. The defendant was supposed to have delivered the cement to the plaintiff upon payment of the purchase price which was agreed to be $9 600.00 for 600 bags of PC cement. The defendant despite having been paid in full and despite demand having been made, has refused, failed and or neglected to deliver the 600 bags of PC cement to plaintiff.

“Wherefore, plaintiff prays for delivery of 600 bags of PC 15 cement within five days of the granting of this order being cement plaintiff purchased and paid from the defendant and which defendant has failed and or refused to deliver.

Alternatively, that the defendant pays to plaintiff an amount equivalent to 600 bags of PC 15 Cement as at the date of payment which cement plaintiff purchased and paid for in full to defendant and which defendant has failed and or refused to deliver.”

The matter is still pending.

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