The Ministry of Sports has released K50, 000 to Cresta Golf View hotel over an unpaid 2011 Chipolopolo camp bill which led to bailiffs acting behalf of the hotel attempting to seize Football House property Wednesday morning. The bailiffs managed to get some equipment from the Licensing Department, reception and Secretary General’s PA’s desk.
The hotel bill arose after the AFCON2012 Qualifier match between Zambia and Comoros and has remained unpaid by the Ministry of Sports since the match was played.
Following the action of the bailiffs, FAZ, the Ministry of Sports and Hotel management held a series of meetings where the Ministry of Sports acknowledged the outstanding amount and committed an immediate payment of K50,000 (with a balance of K90,000 to be paid out over the coming month).
Cresta Hotel General Manager Fungai Makani regretted the action stressing that lack of communication over the settlement of the amount outstanding and pressure from their holding company to explain it led to the drastic action. The hotel has since reiterated its commitment to working with both the FAZ and Ministry adding that had they been informed of challenges the ministry was facing, they would not have engaged bailiffs.