THE Lusaka High Court has entered a judgment in default of appearance and defence against the State and has ordered them to pay Vali’s Properties Limited K448,693 for accommodation services rendered to former Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard and his deputy Patrice Beaumelle between 2012 and 2013.
In this case, Vali’s Properties Limited in December last year sued the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), the Attorney General, Renard and Beaumelle, demanding immediate payment of K742,512 as monies due and outstanding to them for accommodation services rendered to the two coaches at Falls Way Apartments between March 2012 and November 2013.
The plaintiff claimed interest on the sum due and any other relief the court might deem fit and costs.
But the High Court deputy registrar on September 4 adjudged that the Attorney General, not having delivered any defence and by leave granted on August 28 this year, pays Vali’s K448,693 and all continuing interest being the sums due and outstanding to the plaintiff for Renard and Beaumelle’s accommodation.
The deputy registrar also ordered the State to pay all the legal costs incurred by Vali’s.
Earlier, parties agreed to set aside the default judgment that was entered against FAZ on February 6 this year.
It was also agreed that FAZ on non-admission of liability basis shall pay Vali’s K293,819 as full and final settlement of all the claims against them.
Further, it was agreed that FAZ shall pay Vali’s advocates K25,000 as costs.
Meanwhile, FAZ filed a defence explaining that it was not a party to the oral agreement between Vali’s Properties, Renard and Beaumelle as rightly pleaded by the plaintiff.
FAZ stated that it never contracted with Vali’s regarding accommodation of Renard and Beaumelle but employed the duo and in their respective contracts provided for accommodation which in any event they were not a party or privy to.
FAZ submitted that it only engaged with Vali’s and the Attorney General on the subject matter out of goodwill as mediation and facilitator being the former employer of Renard and Beaumelle who had occupied the plaintiff’s property.
FAZ added that it denies each and every allegation contained in the claim as if the same were set out and traversed seriatim.