The Sheriff of the High Court has attached two tractors belonging to former Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri on Thursday July 25 to pay off debts owed to the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC).
Mutinhiri was dragged to court over an outstanding $54 798.86 debt to ZETDC amidst reports that the company is owed $1.2 billion by its customers.
A Massey Ferguson 5365 tractor and a John Deere tractor 1850N are set to be auctioned and sold to the highest bidder at Newton farm along Hwedza road on Thursday.
In its application at the High Court, ZETDC was claiming that the debt owed by Mutinhiri was for power supplied to his Milton Farm in Marondera and at one Barbara Mutinhiri’s residence.
Mutinhiri was liable to ZETDC for the said amount which was charged in respect of power supplied by the company at Mutinhiri’s special request and instances in terms of the running electricity supply contract between the two.
ZETDC lawyer Chihambakwe Mutizwa and partners said Mutinhiri had neglected to pay despite written demand to have it cleared.
By reason of the said failure to clear the debt, Mutinhiri was obliged to pay the sum with interest which was five percent per annum. As a result of his failure to abide by the parties agreement it was seeking the payment of the outstanding amount including interest at the prescribed rate which would be calculated from the date of issue of the summons to date of payment in full plus cost of the legal suit.
The country has been going through outrageous power cuts lasting for 17 hours at a time due to the heavy debts the company is failing to clear out from its international partners.