The legal battle between Civo United and the club’s former player Patrick Thupi over unpaid K500 000 is refusing to die as the midfielder turned down a K100 000 out-of-court part settlement.
The midfielder took the club to the Industrial Relations Court in March after failing to get paid for two years.
In an interview yesterday, the midfielder confirmed rejecting the cheque, saying it is a mockery to justice.
“The club gave me K100 000. This is nothing compared to what it owes me. I rejected it because they don’t have good intentions. So, we will meet in court,” he said.
The midfielder signed a year-long contract at the government-sponsored outfit in 2018.
According to court documents, he was released last year and claims that the team only paid him K250 000 of the agreed K750 000 signing-on fee.
The statement of claim reads: “Respondent [Civo] promised to pay the outstanding balance once funding is ready, but from the year 2018, nothing has been done and despite several reminders, respondents had not yet paid.”
Civo secretary general Ronald Chiwaula said he was shocked that Thupi turned down the money.
He also disputed the K500 000 bill, saying it was half of that amount.
“Our records show that the balance is K250 000 and the assumption is we pay him the balance of K150 000 after next funding allocation [from the Office of President and Cabinet],” he said.