Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
Dancehall chanter Soul Jah Love this week had his Toyota Mark II vehicle attached by the Messenger of Court over unpaid rentals and damage he caused to a Greendale property that he used to occupy. The Messenger of Court on Monday took away the faulty vehicle for auctioning to recover $403 that the artiste, born Soul Muzavazi Musaka, failed to pay to his former landlady, Judith Banda.
Soul Jah Love is said to have damaged the doors, electricity sockets, fitted cupboards and wardrobes, window handles and many other items upon expiry of his lease agreement at No.r 62 Queen Elizabeth Road, Greendale.
He also overstayed at the house when his lease agreement had expired thereby prejudicing Banda, who wanted to accommodate another tenant.
Banda issued summons at the Harare Civil Court in December last year claiming $361 in rental arrears and compensation for damage caused to the property.
The artiste did not oppose the application despite being served with the summons.
Magistrate Tendai Rusinahama granted a default judgment in favour of Banda and figure later rose to $403 after the Messenger of Court’s fees were factored in.
Armed with the court order, Banda got a writ of execution that saw the musician’s property being attached.
According to an affidavit deposed by Banda, Soul Jah Love entered into a six-month lease agreement with her for the period stretching from June 1 2014 to November 30 2014.
When the agreement expired, Banda said, the artiste did not vacate until complaints were raised.
He then left his faulty Toyota Mark II at the Greendale house as he moved out.
It was stated in Ms Banda’s papers that Soul Jah Love would hold parties at any time without the authority of the landlady.
She described the artiste as a bad tenant whose actions would at times insult the landlady.
“On one occasion after being confronted by the plaintiff (over agreement breaches), the defendant’s wife insulted her calling her a dog,” reads part of the court papers.