Dudu evicted from Harare home

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EMBATTLED jazz musician has faced yet another hurdle after she was served with eviction papers this week.
The artiste who has a pending culpable homicide court case was evicted from number 2 Barturn Close, Vainona, Harare, after the owner of the house Sharad Rana cancelled the lease agreement.
According to the papers Dudu had accrued bills and arrears amounting to $7 830,87, as at March 17.
Rana’s lawyer Kudzayi Kadzere told Daily News: “Dudu surrendered the keys to the property as she has been struggling to pay rates and rentals for the premises,” said Kadzere.
“We confirm that she has moved out together with her family although she is yet to pay the arrears.”
The lawyers wrote a letter dated March 20, 2014 to Dudu saying: “Our client instructs us that over an extended period of time you have failed to pay rent and operating costs in full thereby accruing arrears in the sum of $7 830,87, as at March 17, 2014,” the letter reads.
“Our client is not pleased at all with your conduct and has thus decided to cancel your lease agreement…
“You are therefore required to immediately vacate the premises and handover the keys to Gabriel Real Estate (Private) Limited.
“You are also required to immediately settle the full outstanding amount here at our offices together with 10 percent collection commission thereon.
“Failure to comply with the above demand shall result in legal action being taken against you,” the letter further reads.
Dudu’s husband, manager and drummer Blessing Muparutsa replied the agents the following day advising them that his family had already vacated the premises.
He also pledged to settle the amount over a year.
“I am looking at clearing the amount due within a space of one year…I commit to pay amounts ranging from $250 to $500 per month in settling the account.
“Then I will move the Zesa bill to my new account,” part of Maparutsa’s letter reads.
Dudu was released from jail after being granted bail pending appeal over a 2010 road accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist Graham Martin Millward.Advertisement