City ‘overcharges’ Omuramba for electricity

17 September 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES



WINDHOEK

The City of Windhoek has been dragged to court for allegedly charging the Omuramba Medical Centre body corporate for electricity - valued at over N$100 000 - it did not use.

In court affidavits filed last month, the body corporate said the City invoiced it for electricity for the period December 2017 to July 2019, an amount of N$865 720.

Around 30 July 2019, after it had made a payment to the City, the body corporate discovered that an amount of N$113 923 was included in the main amount for electricity charges of Unit 3 of a sectional title development which is not owned or managed by body corporate.

“Unit 3 of the sectional title development is neither owned nor occupied by the Omuramba Medical Centre body corporate and we did not consume any electricity supplied by the City to Unit 3 of the sectional title development. The body corporate did not enter into any agreement with the defendant in respect of supply of electricity to Unit 3,” it said.

The body corporate argued that it had no obligation to pay the N$113 923 to the City, and further accused the City of appropriating the money while refusing to refund the body corporate.

“The City was enriched by the amount of N$113 923 at the expense of Omuramba Medical Centre body corporate that was accordingly impoverished by that amount. We pray for judgement against the City for the payment of N$113 923, with interest of 20% per annum on this amount. We also pray for the cost of suit of one instructing and one instructed attorney and further or alternative relief,” the affidavit stated.

Prove it

In its papers, the City, however, asked the High Court to dismiss the claims with costs, and denied overcharging Omuramba Medical Centre body corporate.

“The City has no knowledge of the said allegations, as result thereof neither admit nor deny same and put Omuramba Medical Centre body corporate to prove,” it said.

According to the City, it invoiced the medical centre body corporate correctly and demands that it prove how it was overcharged.

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