A total of 103 shop owners at Intercity Bus terminus have moved to the High Court to compel the Lusaka City Council to reduce monthly rentals from the exorbitant K1,500 to K300.
Viora Mayobo and 102 others who are being represented by Messrs Muleza Mwiimbu and Company are aggrieved by the shocking increment of the levies from K200 to K1,500 per shop.
Mayobo stated that the plaintiffs were allocated temporal shops in 2019 but later allowed to construct permanent structures at their own costs.
“The plaintiffs will say that in 2023, the defendant shockingly increased the levies from K200 to K1,500 per shop and called the same as monthly rental,” he stated.
The plaintiffs stated that efforts to engage the local authority to reduce the monthly rentals to a reasonable amount of about K300 per month and probably with a gradual increment per year considering that the shops were constructed by the themselves, proved futile.
The 103 are seeking the High Court’s order to compel LCC reduce the monthly rentals to K300.
The litigants also seek an interim injunction stopping the defendant from collecting K1,500 until the conclusion of the matter.
They are demanding damages for inconvenience and loss of business plus interest on all the monies found due.
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