Byo businessman in court for unpaid fuel bill

Auxilia Katongomara Chronicle Reporter
A BULAWAYO businessman Ashton Mpofu has been dragged to court for allegedly failing to settle over $10,000 owed to a fuel supplier.

Mpofu of Ashy’s Motors is being sued by Primero Energy (Pvt) Limited for fuel advanced to him in 2014.

The businessman, who also runs hardware shops in the city is cited as the first defendant while Cusley Investment (Pvt) Limited is the second defendant in the summons filed at the High Court.

Primero Energy is demanding the payment of the debt plus interest as well as the cost of the suit on an attorney to client scale.

“Plaintiff claim against you is for payment of $10,225 — an amount owed to plaintiff by the defendants for diesel and petrol fuel advance supplied to defendants by plaintiff at defendants’ special instance and request,” reads the summons.

According to court papers, in February 2014, Primero Energy Company entered into a credit facility upon request by Mpofu and Cusley Investment to supply fuel on credit.

Mpofu allegedly represented and acted on behalf of Cusley Investment in the conclusion of the facility.

At the time the agreement was signed, Primero Energy was leasing premises belonging to Mpofu and Cusley Investment operating as a service station in Nkulumane 12.

The summons state that according to the terms of the agreement, the defendants’ vehicles would be supplied with fuel on credit at plaintiff’s service station.

Mpofu and Cusley Investment were to continuously service the account against the fuel supplied.

The court papers show that between May 2 and 21 2014, Primero Energy supplied 3,106 litres of petrol worth $4,566 and 4,195, litres of diesel worth $5,832. The defendants allegedly paid $173 leaving an outstanding balance of $10,225.

Primero Energy stated that despite a written demand on December 11, 2014, Mpofu and Cusley Investment failed or neglected to pay the outstanding amount.

Mpofu and Cusley Investment are yet to respond to the summons.

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