Former vice president and National People’s Party (NPP) leader Joice Mujuru has been dragged to the High Court for failing to pay $387 000 in a tractors deal.
Peppy Motors (Private) Limited, trading as Agritech, Sabrina Sarpo and Tony Sarpo are the complainants, while Mujuru, Ruzirun Investments (Private) Limited and a bank (name withheld) are cited as respondents.
The court heard that Agritech entered into a loan facility agreement with the bank in 2012, in which it demanded $350 000 for the purchase of various tractors. According to court papers, the maturity date for the loan facility was July 31, 2013 and the Sarpos bound themselves as sureties to the facility.
“On July 25, the tractors which were purchased by the first plaintiff (Agritech) using the loan facility were in turn sold and bought from the first plaintiff by the second defendant (Ruzirun Investments) represented by the first defendant (Mujuru) in terms of which the final payment to the first plaintiff would be due by April 2015 and in terms of which there remained an outstanding balance of $226 000 upon which an agreed monthly interest charge of 23 percent per annum would be charged,” the court heard.
According to court papers, Mujuru paid $10 000 to the bank and did not make any further payments.
Mujuru is also in trouble with members of the public, with some threatening to sue her if she doesn't reveal where Itai Dzamara is.
This came after Mujuru set in her first 100 days priorities, pledge to find missing human rights activist, Itai Dzamara if she wins the upcoming general elections.
Dzamara was reportedly abducted by suspected State security agents in March 2015 and has not been seen despite assurances by the Zanu PF government that it would investigate the matter.
Mujuru, in a 10-pledge summary of her coalition grouping’s election manifesto said: “The PRC government will institute two judicial inquiries on disappearances: One on missing persons such Dzamara and Paul Chizuze, among others and another on the missing $15 billion as well as other illicit financial flows.”
Meanwhile, the Sarpos are now seeking an order for them to be replaced by Mujuru and her company as debtors to the bank and pay the outstanding $387 583, 22.
In the alternative, the Sarpos are seeking “an order that first and second defendants, jointly and severally pay to the first plaintiff as represented by the second and third plaintiffs the capital sum of $226 000 due in terms of an agreement of sale between the parties dated 25th July 2014.
“An order that first and second defendants, jointly and severally pay to the first plaintiff as represented by the second and third plaintiffs interest in the amount of $169 821, 77 due in terms of an agreement of sale between the parties dated 25th July, 2014.”
Mujuru has not yet respondent to the application.