Investor drags Chief Chipepo to court over island rentals

CHIEF Chipepo of the Tonga-speaking people has been sued by a fisheries company which is seeking Lusaka High Court to grant it an interim injunction to restrain the traditional leader from evicting the company from an island called Nyamazuma, mainly used for fishing activities.

According to an affidavit filed in the court recently by Sub-Saharan Fisheries Limited operations manager Anna Domijan-Hill, the fishing company said it was necessary to restrain Chief Chipepo until the matter was determined by the court. Ms Domijan-Hill, of plot 465 Ngwenya road in Siavonga, said Chief Chipepo has already issued a threat that her company should not be found on the island because it declined to pay the rental to the chiefdom.

“The defendant has since threatened the plaintiff not to be found on the island as it declined to pay the demanded rental. It is necessary to restrain the defendant either by himself, his agents, servants or otherwise from evicting the plaintiff from being in occupation of the island pending the determination of the substantive matter,” he said.

Ms Domijan-Hill said Sub-Saharan Fisheries stands to suffer irreparable damages if Chief Chipepo was not restrained from evicting the fishing company from the island. She said the defendant alleged that the Chipepo Royal Establishment owns the island and it is entitled to receive payment for the use of the Island.

Ms Domijan-Hill said her company is one of the many occupants of Nyamazuma island and that it pays rates to Gwembe District Council for the use of the Island.


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