Saturday, May 25, 2024

Francistown mayor threatens to sue newspaper

Francistown mayor, James Kalajwe, threatened to sue this newspaper when asked when his security company, Chevron Security Services intends to pay P207, 032,15 it owes Kgalagadi District Council.

“That has nothing to do with you or the newspaper you work for I will sue if I see such a story in the newspaper,” he threatened.

This came after Gaborone lawyer , Ookeditse Maphakwane, has filed summons in the Lobatse High Court asking the Court to order City of Francistown Mayor James Kgalajwe to pay his client, Kgalagadi District Council P207,032,15 , a collection fee of 10 percent of the amount owed and interest.

The amount, according to the summons, followed after Kgalajwe, who was acting as Managing Director of Chevron Security Services, had entered into a two-year contract with KDC in 2005 then the following year in 2006 allegedly obtained by false pretences or misrepresentation from KDC P207,023,15 representing that the amount constituted their professional security charges while knowing such to be false and incorrect.

The alleged misrepresentation was made by double rating invoices and charging at 24 hours rate instead of contract based 12 hours rate resulting in a wrongful and unjust enrichment payment to the company.

The mayor and his company were then informed of the double payments which they wholly acknowledged to be a misrepresentation of what was rightly and lawfully due to them and undertook to reimburse the Council all the amount within a reasonable time.

The summons further alleges that Kalajwe has in 2010, 2011 and the first part of 2012 made oral undertakings and promises all of which has so far failed to bear any reimbursement .


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