A travel and tour company which has been accused of abusing political links to defraud property owners has been forcefully evicted from the premises it was clinging on ‘illegally’
Genesis Travel and Tours, a company which is responsible for arranging traveling details for cabinet ministers and for a United Nations related agencies has been kicked out of premises it was using under the ‘guise that it would want to buy it’.
The company contracted to arrange travel arrangements for government officials entered into agreement with Firstmail Investments to procure a property but six months down the lane, the travel agent could not pay the required money ducking from one excuse to another
Property owner Robin Vela, who is Firstmile Investment (Pvt) Ltd director, said he had to get assistance from the police and a locksmiths to gain access to the locked property so that Genesis could be evicted.
“It defies logic that any corporate, particularly one with large contracts that relies on the trust of the public at large could be so irresponsible and be disrespectful of the law,” said Vela.
When reached for a comment, Genesis director Chiedza Chikomo threatened this reporter saying she was well linked and would deal with anyone who wants to tarnish her image.
Vela said the Travel agent which is engaged by World Health Organization (WHO) hence they entered into the agreement of sale without carrying out a due diligence to determine whether the company had potential to pay or not.
“We went for arbitration to cancel the sale of agreement after it became clear that this lady called Chikomo had no cash. We won the right to have the property back but this company, for unknown reasons, decided to disregard the ruling.
“We will leave no stone unturned in seeking to recover the costs and damages awarded to us and we will soon institute further legal action in relation to our forced entry and restoration of the property to its prime condition state, even if this means ultimately selling the bra on its leader Chikomo”.
With the crumbling economy going unabated, most companies are struggling to pay rentals later on have enough money to buy state of the art buildings with some resorting to abuse of office and use of politicians to grab properties they would want.
The fallout between Genesis Travel and Firstmile came about when the latter cancelled the former’s sale agreement in September last year after the transport organizer failed to raise the $253 000 purchase price for the property, but then refused to vacate the premises.
The dispute was then referred to an arbitrator only identified Peter Lloyd, who ruled in favour of Firstmile and ordered Genesis to vacate the property.