Church sues Lusaka lawyer Mushipe

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:19:46 +0000

BY CHIKUMBI KATEBE

UNITED Party for National Development lawyer Martha Mushipe has been dragged to court by Family Kingdom Ministries over threats to lock up congregants inside the church during service.

Family Kingdom Ministries’ senior church elder George Tembo filed a statement of claim before the Lusaka High Court that Ms Mushipe has been issuing threats to evict the church from her premises located in Garden Compound which was a breach of their landlord-tenant contract.

Mr Tembo requested from the Court a restraining order against Ms Mushipe to stop her from making any threats of locking the premises during church service including damages for the inconvenience suffered by the members as well as to be given enough time to relocate.

The church has further pleaded with the court for an order for specific performance on the verbal agreements over the rentals for Ms Mushipe’s property called the Nyenyezi Christian Academy located in Lusaka’s Garden Chilulu area in Lusaka.

Mr Tembo said he was offered the said plot for rent in 2006 and has been meeting with his congregation there ever since having church services in one of the school classrooms at a fee of K450 per month and without defaulting to date.

He explained that he was in receipt of a letter of eviction for February 12, 2017, that they move from the current location without being given any reasons and that the premises were immediately locked up but were opened due to the intervention of the Tenant Referral Centre.

The matter was yet to come up before court.

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