HIGH Court judge Justice Happious Zhou yesterday gave a default judgment compelling Zanu PF Mhondoro-Ngezi MP and former Information deputy minister Bright Matonga to settle a $3 000 fuel debt owed to Braford Lubricants.
REPORT BY CHARLES LAITON
According to court papers, sometime in 2011 the company sold and delivered fuel valued at $2 917 to Matonga on condition the ex-minister would pay within 30 days.
But on May 28 last year, Braford issued summons against Matonga which were served on him on June 4 of the same year after he failed to settle the debt.
Matonga failed to defend himself against the claim prompting the fuel firm to apply for a default judgment which was eventually granted by Justice Zhou.
Early this year, another local firm, Dubtess Investment, filed a $280 000 claim against Matonga after he allegedly failed to pay back a loan which he acquired to finance his farming activities in 2010.
Dubtess Investments allegedly offered its immovable property, stand number 407 Borrowdale Brook, to Interfin Banking Corporation as security for Matonga’s loan and the property was later sold in order to offset his loan after he allegedly failed to pay.
Matonga, however, was cited as the first defendant (resident at Chigwell Farm in Chegutu) and the second defendant was Olefinic Investments sharing the same address. The summons, dated January 18 2013, under case number HC453/13, cited Dubtess Investments as the plaintiff.
“The defendants failed to make the payments due to Interfin Banking Corporation Limited resulting in demand for the amount of $280 000 being made to the plaintiff as the guarantor of the loan,” reads part of the summons.
The matter is yet to be heard in court.