Businesswoman sues defence ministry over K678m debt

FAILURE to pay debt owed for the supply of foodstuffs amounting to K678,270,000 has landed the Ministry of Defence in court.

The ministry is alleged to have purchased beans, sugar and cooking oil on credit from Bernadette Kaimbe, a Lusaka businesswoman.

Kaimbe is claiming payment of K678,270,000 with interest.

In her claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, citing the Attorney General, Kaimbe, who is Munjekwa Enterprises director, stated that she had been supplying the ministry various goods, including foodstuffs.

She claimed that the ministry had accumulated outstanding amounts of K260,000, K321,700 and K96,600 reflected on invoice numbers 177, 161 and 005 respectively.

Kaimbe revealed that she was subsequently taken to court at the instance of the defendant and prosecuted for the offence of forgery.

“The ministry was ordinarily supposed to pay the plaintiff after the defendant knew of the plaintiff’s acquittal but neglected to do so up to now,” she stated.

According to Kaimbe, the Ministry of Defence was truly indebted to her in respect of all the sums mentioned as the criminal matter, which was delaying payment, had been resolved.

Kaimbe further claimed that due to the non-payment of the said money, her business had adversely been affected and that she had suffered loss.

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