Drilling job reconciliation fails

Written by on July 29, 2019


The Chilenje Local has failed to reconcile a Technician and Supervisor over unfinished borehole.

Edward Mukandawire, 46, a technician of Libala south sued Ramesh Ridi, 35, a superviser of Independence avenue.

They were appearing before senior local court magistrate Ackim Phiri sitting with senior local court magistrate Harriet Mbewe.

Mukandawire said   in February   he contracted Ridi to drill a borehole at his farm in Chifwema.

“He gave me a quotation of which I signed and paid K11,500 to drill a 115 metres borehole,” he said.

“He and his team cited the area and started drilling. They drilled  upto 50 metres but there was no water,” he said.

“They drilled another 60 metres and there was no water,” he said.

“I asked them to stop drilling and drill at the cite I suggested at first,” he said.

“He refused. After sometime I called him to come and drill the five metres that was remaining,” he said

“He refused and gave me K3,500 refund for the remaining 5 metres,” he said

“I want the court to reconcile us that he can go back and finish the work or he refunds me,” he said.

In his defence, Ramesh said he cited the area but it was not 100 percent accurate that water can be found.

“After drilling 50 metres and could not found water, Mukandawire agreed to pay more for the extra metres.

“We drilled 60 metres more and still there was sign of water. He stopped  us from finishing the remaining five metres,” he said.

“I refunded him   K3,500 for  the remaining metres after being summoned at the police,” he said.

The court failed to reconcile the two.

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