Vanguard sues Airtel for failling to pay K800,000


AN investigation firm has sued Airtel Zambia Limited demanding for payment of more than K800,000 due to it for investigation services rendered to the company.
Vanguard Investigations Limited has charged that Airtel has failed to pay K832,500.00 despite promises to settle the debt.
The company is also demanding for damages for breach of contract, costs and any other relief the court may deem fit.
It stated in its statement of claim that it was a company incorporated in Zambia in the business of investigations while Airtel was a mobile phone service provider and was its client.
The firm said in January 2013, it through its managing director James Kasamanda met former managing director for Airtel and  legal counsel to inform them of illegal simcards which were being sold on the market at K1,500.
Vanguard Investigations Limited said that it was agreed at the meeting that the parties would work together to address the issue.
It said that following the agreement, Airtel through its servant or agent Lowita Sayila the corporate governance manager requested it to go ahead with investigations and more especially requested that Airtel through it should purchase two illegal sim cards from the illegal dealers.
The firm further stated that Airtel also bought A Samsung mobile phone for the investigation firm to use in the investigations
It said that it was requested by Airtel to make as many calls as possible for tracking internally and investigations on the aortal network
The company said it was established that the information provided to Airtel was true as the illegal sim cards could not be monitored on their system.
It said that on February 5, 2013 a bill was sent by email to Airtel to request for payments for the services rendered but todate, it has failed or neglected to pay.
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