Kora judgement postponed to January

Dating back to September 2016, the Namibia Tourism Board sued Mundial Telecom Sarl, Kora Awards founder Ernest Adjovi and Tonata Shiimi for N$23 million (plus 20% interest), which it had paid for a tourism promotion package it never received.

15 December 2021 | Justice

ELLANIE SMIT



WINDHOEK

Judgement in the legal battle involving the cancelled Kora Music Awards event will only be delivered next year.

Judge Herman Oosthuizen was supposed to deliver the judgement last week, but informed lawyers representing the two parties that it was not ready yet.

The ruling will now take place on Friday, 14 January.

The lawsuit between Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) and Mundial Telecom Sarl has been before the High Court for several years and finally went to trial at the end of April this year.

It dates back to September 2016 when the NTB first sued Mundial, Kora Awards founder Ernest Adjovi and Tonata Shiimi for N$23 million (plus 20% interest), which it had paid for a tourism promotion package it never received.

Mundial owns the rights to host the Kora Awards, while Andjovi was the president of the company and Shiimi was the national director of the event.

NTB CEO Digu //Noabeb was the only witness to testify in the case.

Postponed

The Kora Awards event was initially scheduled for 13 December 2015, but was postponed to 20 March 2016.

Under the contract signed on 4 December 2015, the NTB had to pay N$23.5 million on or before 10 December 2015.

Court documents show that the first payment of N$5 million was made on 22 December 2015 and the second (N$5 million) was made on 23 December 2015.

On 7 January 2016, another N$5 million was transferred and on 17 February 2016, N$8.5 million was paid.

The money was paid into Mundial’s bank account in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The last payment was made about a month before the awards were set to take place in Namibia, while the promised advertising package guaranteed that promotional television clips featuring Namibia would be broadcast on all participating African television stations by 20 January 2016.

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