Monday, August 15, 2022

Promoter demands thousands in damages from FCC

A Francistown-based music and arts promoter, Marko Peter Murirwa, of Macky Mark Promotions, is demanding over P190 000 from the Francistown City Council (FCC) for damages.

In a letter of demand, written through his lawyer, Anthony Manenji, of Ndawana and Company Attorneys, Murirwa states that on the 6th of September 2012, he requested to utilize the Francistown Stadium to host a Family Fun Day in order to raise funds for his business. Part of the funds were to be donated to one Botho Madigela, who is in need of P500 000 for a kidney transplant.

Permission was granted by FCC and after Murirwa had paid prescribed fees, a written stadium hire agreement was signed and concluded. However, to his amazement on the day that he was supposed to host the event, he was only told by FCC that the family fun day could not proceed.

In an interview with the Telegraph, his lawyer said that his client had gone an extra mile in the preparation for the event only for the contract to be breached at the last minute.

“The council breached an agreement and my client has suffered severe damages which the council should be liable for. They wrote a letter of apology after the incident to┬ámy client, but that is not enough as they violated the contract at the expense of my client,” he said.

The letter of demand further states that the applicant had to suffer expenses of hiring a sound system, jumping castles, catering company for food, hired artists and DJs, the hiring of football teams and even tickets that were sold.

His lawyer also says in the letter that his client image and reputation has been severely damaged by the last minute breach of contract, worsened by the fact that FCC failed to provide alternatives or to reschedule the event.

It is further stated in the letter that Murirwa is now being bombarded with both written and oral messages from people who were supposed to attend the event labelling him a cheater and fraudster.

“Unless the total amount of P192, 450 is received at our offices, our client will use the magnanimous process of the law to recover same with costs,” the letter states.
FCC has been given 30 days to respond.

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