Beitbridge Town Council loses land case

Morris Bishi

Beitbridge –

Beitbridge Town Council which has of recent been mired in corruption controversies has lost a land case in which it sought to withdraw 167 residential stands from a land developer.

The case was dismissed by High Court Judge Justice Siyabona Musithu with costs at a higher scale two weeks ago.

The judge agreed with Kingdom Lifestyle (Africa)’s lawyer Advocate Arthur Marara of Mutamangira and Associates that the local authority’s argument that it was withdrawing the land because the land developer had not completed developments within the agreed two years was misplaced.

He ruled out that Kingdom Lifestyle failed to meet the timeframe because Beitbridge Town council which is frequently criticised for inefficiency took three years to approve the papers that would allow the former to start the developments.

Justice Musithu also ruled out that the Memorandum of Understanding by the two parties was created by a council resolution and the Town Clerk; Loud Ramagkapola erred therefore by seeking to make the cancellation alone.

It was also noted in court that the agreement between the two parties had no provision for automatic termination.

The designs for both water and roads were finally approved by council on July 24 2019, three years and some months after the date of submission and a full year and some months after the date of expiration of the MOU.

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