PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s family business, Alpha Omega Dairy, has been taken to the High Court by a South African company, Blakey Investments, over a $38 000 debt for packaging materials supplied to the First Family’s dairy plant in Mazowe last year.
Early this month, Blakey filed its case at the High Court in Harare under case HC3813/16 seeking an order to compel Mugabe’s family business to pay the debt of $38 391,72.
However, Alpha Omega Dairy has since entered an appearance to defend notice, with a view of challenging the claim when the matter is heard in court.
In its declaration, Blakey Plastics said sometime on or around July 27 last year, it manufactured and supplied Alpha Omega Dairy with packaging items worth $2 500.
“On or around October 16, 2015, the plaintiff (Blakey Investments) further supplied the defendant (Alpha Omega Dairy) with further packaging materials worth $33 291,72 at the defendant’s special instance and request,” the firm said.
“The goods also incurred freight charges of $2 600, which the plaintiff paid for and on behalf of the defendant.
“Despite demand, the defendant has failed to settle the cumulative debt of $38 391,72.”
According to the South African firm, sometime in February this year, Alpha Omega Dairy acknowledged owing the manufacturer and promised to settle the debt, but later failed to pay, prompting the former to approach the courts for recourse.
“The defendant has fully acknowledged its indebtedness to the plaintiff by way of its email of February 16 and promised to settle the account, but to date it has not paid anything towards amortisation of the debt,” the firm said.