Minister faces jail over $15 000 debt

A LOCAL seed producing company, Seed Co Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, has approached the High Court seeking incarceration of Finance deputy minister Terence Mukupe after the latter allegedly failed to pay $15 000 for various crop seeds supplied to him in December 2013.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Seed Co last Thursday issued the summons for civil imprisonment against the deputy minister, under case number HC3307/18, challenging him to show cause why he should not be incarcerated over the debt.

“You [Mukupe] are required to pay this sum by virtue of judgment obtained against you in the High Court at Harare on January 13, 2016, under which you were ordered to pay the sum of $15 010,32 and interest thereon calculated at the rate of 18% per annum from August 27, 2015 to date of payment in full and costs of suit on a legal practitioner and client scale as well as collection commission in terms of the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) by-laws,” part of the summons read.

In the same summons, Mukupe was also requested to avail evidence of his financial position, which includes income from his wages, salary, other earnings including any other income from any other source.

“If you fail to pay the sum specified above, you must appear before High Court at Harare on the [date to be advised] to explain why you have not paid it and to show cause why an order for imprisonment shall not be made on account of your failure to pay. You should bring your evidence of your financial position, and it will be in your own interest to give the court evidence . . .,” the summons read.

“Unless you pay the plaintiff the sum specified . . . or unless the plaintiff (Seed Co) accepts an offer of settlement which you have made to them, you must appear before the High Court on the date and at the time specified . . . If you do not do so, a writ of personal attachment may be issued against you and you may be committed to prison.”

The lawsuit against Mukupe came about after he allegedly entered into a seed supplying contract with Seed Co on December 31, 2013, but later failed to fulfil his contractual obligations.

However, when summons commencing action were issued against him, Mukupe allegedly failed to respond to the litigation, prompting the firm to approach the court for a default judgment, which was granted on January 13, 2016 by High Court judge Justice Helena Charehwa.

Armed with a court order, Seed Co obtained a writ of execution on February 1, 2016, but execution failed, prompting the seed firm to seek the minister’s incarceration.

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16 Comments

  1. when a finance minister can’t even manage his own personal financial affairs what hope can there ever be that he can handle the national wallet

    1. this guy is a shame.. you can say that again how can he manage the country’s purse when he can’t manage his personal finances

  2. this is the same fellow who also failed to pay duty for fuel tankers and ended up dashing from one border to another to try and evade arrest oh no not again arrest this finance man he is no good and not sure if the nation funds are in safe hands with this guy deputising the ministry

  3. Goes to show that all the loan facalities and schemes are for zanupf’s top echelons not for all Zimbabweans as purpoted.

  4. And then proceeded to assault his Finance Director for giving him what he felt was a “PALTRY $9!0.00 T&S ALLOWANCE”. He wanted more than what is legal. Thief. And his “Appointer” remains mum. New Old dispensation for you.

  5. Now I understand why he had to beat up a top civil servant over allowances…. read it at http://www.newzimbabwe.com/minister-mukupe-blows-top-chokes-senior-bureaucrat-over-small-travel-allowance/

  6. Bhadhara chikwembi Terenzi. Kusasvoda!!

  7. Tinashe Chimwariro

    Let’s not all get excited. I first met Terrence at Chikurubhi and everyone was excited that the guy from America had finally come to set things straight. I would not know for a fact if he was in America nor would I know if he is also an investment banker but good news about him was all over the place especially in regard to some road rehabilitation program and the need for him to override Mavis Gumbo. He will come up with a decent explanation no doubt but it remains to be seen if his slate is clean. For now, something is just not right.

  8. MaMinister enyu aya…. hasazi

  9. Tobva Tadii paye …..A fraudster involved in fuel import scams and this seedco issue appointed to oversee the country’s purse as deputy finance minister???? Honestly where are we heading Mr President.

    1. AND BEATING UP THE FINANCE DIRECTOR IN THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE. AND FRANKLY SPEAKING WHAT KIND OF A MINISTER IS THIS FELLOW.

  10. Tobva Tadii paye …..A fraudster involved in fuel import scams and this seedco issue appointed to oversee the country’s purse as deputy finance minister???? Honestly where are we heading Mr President.

  11. SMUGGLER TERRENCE

    Mukupe is a fraudster,duty evader,smuggler, dangerous public official not worthy to handle our public purse. Mind you this guy mukupe imported fuel purporting it to be transit to Mozambique, Malawi or drc iye obva adira matank mvura. o this being done to evade paying duty tax. shame on yo Mukupe. Just resign now o Mnangangwa should fire you. if both alternatives fails the ballot box will speak.

  12. No wonder he assaulted the director of finance in his ministry over travel allowances, desperate for a penny from where ever he can assault it its way out.

  13. The Honourable Comrade Terrence Mukupe, hameno!*??

  14. maitiro aya chinja chinja maitiro enyu aya

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