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UZ sued for $170 million


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THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) is being sued for $170 million for the “unilateral and unlawful” cancellation of a contract for the repair of halls of residence.



ONT face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Twinstock Construction (Pvt) Ltd, the company that had been contracted by the UZ in October last year through their lawyers Gutu & Chikowore, filed papers in the High Court recently challenging the cancellation of the contract. The company is claiming $170 million from the UZ for damages suffered as a result of the cancellation.


It said it won a tender to renovate eight halls of residence at the UZ campus. The award was as follows: Swinton Hall $26 million, Manfred Hodson Hall $46 million, Complex I $20 million, Complex II $20 million, Complex III $20 million, Complex IV $22 million, Carr Saunders Hall $20 million, and New Hall $7 million.


The company said after the tender was awarded the Director of Works and Estates at the UZ requested that it purchase all the required materials to ensure the contract price did not shoot up due to inflation. The company in its summons said it purchased materials worth $118 million and commenced the renovation work. UZ is said to have paid only $15 million for the purchase of materials and not the full amount of $185 million, which could have been paid if the company had completed its work.


The court papers said UZ vice chancellor, Professor Levy Nyagura then terminated the contract saying the company’s “renovation work was grossly sub-standard in terms of quality”. Nyagura also said the director of works and estates had acted outside his mandate by authorising the purchase of material.


The UZ through its lawyers, Ziumbe & Mutambanengwe, has notified the court that it will defend its case.

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