Byo businessman sued for $10 225 over fuel deal

A PROMINENT Bulawayo businessman, Ashton Mpofu of Ashy’s Motors, has been sued by a fuel supplier, Primero Energy (Pvt) Limited, after he allegedly failed to settle a $10 225 debt.


Mpofu is cited as the first defendant in the summons while Cusley Investment (Pvt) Limited is the second.

In the summons date-stamped at the High Court registrar’s office on December 10, Primero Energy demanded the payment of the debt plus interest.

“Plaintiff claim against you is for payment of $10 225,47 – 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. The cost of suit on an attorney and client scale,” the summons read.

In February 2014, Primero Energy Company entered into a credit facility upon a request by Mpofu and Cusley Investment to supply fuel on credit.
Mpofu reportedly represented and acted on behalf of Cusley Investment in the conclusion of the facility.

At the time the agreement was entered, Primero Energy was renting out premises belonging to Mpofu and Cusley Investment and operating as a service station at stand number 15492 in Nkulumane 12.

The summons state that it was the term of the agreement that the defendants’ vehicles would be supplied with fuel on credit at plaintiff’s service station at Ashy’s Motors.

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

Court papers show that between May 2 and 21, 2014 at respectful instance and request of the defendants, Primero Energy supplied 3 106,51 litres of petrol worth $4 566,57 and 4 195,94 litres of diesel worth $5 832,36. The defendants allegedly paid $173,46 leaving an outstanding balance of $10 225,47.

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

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

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