PROMINENT tourism entrepreneur Martha Matifadza Nyazema who owns the luxury hotel Mbano Manor has been taken to court for rental arrears amounting to over US$28,000 which she owes to Khanondo Safaris and Tours.
Khanondo is owned by Zanu PF Politburo member and former Minister Obert Mpofu.
Formed in 2004, Khanondo Safaris and Tours is a leading tour operator in Victoria Falls, which specialises in African safaris and tours, accommodation and activities.
It has filed summons at the Bulawayo High Court citing Nyazema as a defendant.
In its plaintiff declaration, Khanondo Safaris and Tours said Nyazema owes them rent of US$28 492,73 which accrued over a period of 19 months.
Nyazema leased two properties belonging to Khanondo Safaris and Tours.
“The plaintiff and defendant are erstwhile lessor and lessee respectively with the latest lease having been terminated last year. The defendant (Nyazema) vacated the plaintiff’s premises on October 31, 2020, ending a relationship that commenced in April 2018,” said Khanondo Safaris and Tours.
“The defendant did not pay rentals for the month of April in 2019 to October 2020 and thus owing US$28 492,73 in respect of arrear rentals and interest.
“Despite demand, the defendant has failed, refused and neglected to pay the outstanding rentals, arrears on rates and water bills and to reimburse the plaintiff for the expenses incurred in repairing the premises,” said Khanondo Safaris and Tours.
Khanondo wants an order directing the businesswoman to pay the outstanding rentals in US dollars or the equivalent in local currency calculated at the prevailing interbank exchange rate.
“Wherefore, the plaintiff prays for a judgment against the defendant for the payment of US$28 492,73 or equivalent in local currency together with interest thereon calculated at the prescribed rate of five percent per annum from the date each sum became for payment until the date of payment in full,” said Khanondo Safaris and Tours.
Nyazema is yet to respond to the summons.