PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
FORMER First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa has been sued by a construction company for non-payment of over K265,000 for building of a skills training centre for women and youths in Kapiri Mposhi.
According to a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, the plaintiff Dockland Construction Limited and Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative (MMCI) executed a contract with conditions for the said proposed construction of the skills training centre in 2007.
The company submitted that after acknowledging and accepting the indebtedness, Dr Mwanawasa, as MMCI chairperson, indicated during a meeting that the initiative was going through some financial difficulties due to its donors withdrawing their sponsorship.
“Dr Mwanawasa further indicated during the meeting that as a result of initiative’s financial difficulties, she was unable to pay or liquidate the outstanding amount and instead offered K100,000 in two instalments as full and final settlement,” it says.
The company said after obtaining instructions on the settlement of K100,000 proposed by MMCI, it wrote to the organisation rejecting the proposal on the basis that it would not realise the full value as the amount had remained outstanding for a long time.
The plaintiff’s advocates communicated to Dr Mwanawasa’s advocate that it was agreeable to a settlement plan which would be appropriate to the organisation’s financial circumstances.
The company said despite several reminders to Dr Mwanawasa to settle the outstanding amount, she has failed and neglected to settle the debt.
It is now demanding that the organisation pays K265,422.02.
The construction company is also claiming interest at short term deposit rate from the date of the writ until judgment and thereafter at the commercial banking lending rate.