PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
MILLENIUM Challenge account Zambia Limited (MCA) and Elevolution, a civil engineering company, have been dragged to court after a vehicle belonging to a Lusaka man got
damaged during construction of a road in Mtendere.
Fanwell Ngonga, the owner of Jeep Cheroke registration number ACJ 4553, has submitted in the Lusaka High Court that around the month of March this year, MCA carried out construction works through its engineering company on Gawa Road in Mtendere.
In a statement of claim filed, Mr Ngonga claims the company negligently left the road in a deplorable state without putting up warning signs to notify members of the public of the state of the road.
He said his vehicle plunged in a ditch on the said road, and after it was removed from the ditch; it developed serious faults, and has been damaged and parked at a garage.
Mr Ngonga said he made several complaints but was ignored, and when he threatened legal action, the matter was referred to the construction supervising engineer who agreed to do an assessment of the vehicle.
“The first defendant failed to do an assessment of the vehicle, so the plaintiff did an assessment with Southern Cross Motors at his own cost where the total costs of repairing the vehicle was pegged at K44,125.87,” he submitted.
Mr Ngonga further claims that a follow-up with the first defendants for compensation has proved futile as he denied liability and put the blame on the second defendant.