Businesswoman fails to pay for meals

Fungai Lupande Court Reporter
ZimBuild chief executive Monica Kanyepi yesterday appeared in court on charges of failing to pay $1 300 worth of meals supplied by Westside Grill in Westgate.

Kanyepi (52) of Blakeway Drive, Belvedere, in Harare appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Sharon Rakafa facing charges of making off without payment.

She is expected back in court on January 21. The complainant is Westside Grill represented by Ms Chipo Madaramete.

It is alleged that on November 17 last year, Kanyepi asked Westside Grill to supply meals for 150 people at shop number 1 Westgate Complex, promising to pay the same day.

The following day Westside Grill supplied Kanyepi with tea and her bill was $150.

She paid $130 of the money and promised to pay the outstanding balance the following day. The court heard that the restaurant also supplied Kanyepi with meals for 68 people for a total of $1 020.

It is alleged that she was supplied with lunch and cordials for her staff members valued at $294.

She promised to pay the bill saying she left cash in her vehicle. Kanyepi went away, allegedly without paying, and later told Ms Madaramete that she had no money.

She added that she would send someone to collect money at TelOne. Ms Madaramete waited another day before realising that she may have been duped.

She reported the matter to the police.

Westside Grill lost $1 334 and nothing was recovered.

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