AirZim sued over $1,2 million jet fuel debt

AIRZIM and Transport minister, Jorum Gumbo, have been sued by local fuel supplier, Zuva Petroleum (Pvt) Ltd, over a $1, 2 million debt for jet fuel supplied between 2014 and January this year.

BY CHARLES LAITON

The petroleum firm issued summons on February 15 this year and the airline is yet to enter its appearance to defend.

In its declaration, the fuel firm said between March 2014 to January 2018, it sold and delivered 4 836 587 litres of Jet A1 fuel to AirZim amounting to $4 310 952, through various consignments.

Zuva Petroleum further said in terms of its running account, AirZim has failed to make full payment for the product supplied to it.

“An amount of $1 022 324 remains due and outstanding and we attach hereto copies of the first defendant’s (AirZim) statement of account confirming the product sold and delivered, the cost thereto and the payments made to date,” the firm said.

“In March 2017, the first defendant acknowledged liability of the debt and undertook to settle the amount. Despite this undertaking, the defendants have failed and/or neglected to make payments for the fuel delivered to the first defendant.

“The plaintiff has furnished the first and second defendants with a notice of its intention to bring proceedings as required by section 6 of the State Liabilities Act.”

On October 30, 2017 Zuva’s lawyers, Atherstone and Cook, wrote to Captain Ripton Muzenda, the then AirZim chief executive officer, indicating the company’s intention to take legal action.

“We refer to the above matter, in which we have been approached by Zuva Petroleum (Pvt) Ltd advising that Air Zimbabwe is indebted to them in the total amount of $1 207 020 in respect of the fuel sold and delivered to Air Zimbabwe between 2014 and 2017,” the lawyers said.

“We are advised that this amount is long overdue. Despite demand, Air Zimbabwe has failed, neglected and/or refused to pay the said amount. Accordingly, we have been instructed to institute legal proceedings.”


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