16 August 2016

Fuel firm sues client over Shs75 million arrears

By Ephraim kasozi


Fuel firm, Oryx Energies Uganda Limited has sued its client for recovery of more than Shs75 million as outstanding for fuel supplied to freight company.
In the case filed before the Commercial Court, Oryx Energies Uganda Limited alleges that it supplied fuel on credit worth Shs118, 357,310 to Road Freighter Uganda Limited.

The claim
Through its lawyers, Oryx Energies Uganda Limited alleges that the accused company, Road Freighter Uganda Limited made part payments for the outstanding monies leaving a balance of Shs75,713,710 as at July 26 this year.
“Failure of the defendants to pay the above outstanding amount prompted the plaintiff to instruct court bailiffs to recover the amount who on July 2 demanded payment from the defendant but still to no avail,” reads the court document, in part.
The fuel company is seeking for a court order against the company for payment of more than Shs75 million and interest at 25 per cent per annum from date of default to payment in full.
The case follows failure of the Road Freighter Uganda Limited to respond to a July 27 demand note in which the fuel firm demanded outstanding debt of Shs75,713,710 owed to Oryx Energies Uganda Limited.
Oryx Energies Uganda Limited had instructed debt collectors, Expeditious Associates, to demand the said monies with seven per cent as collection fees and costs incurred.

Meanwhile, court has summoned the accused company to appear and defend itself within a period of 10 days.
“Should you fail within a period of ten days to apply for leave, the plaintiff will be entitled to obtain a decree for the above amount or the right claimed in the plaint together with the costs of the suit to be assessed by court,” reads the court document.
According to court summons, Road Freighter Uganda Limited will have make the application for leave to appear and defend the case for court to determine whether there is a defence to the case.




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