Professor Jonathan Moyo has defended his late filing of his response to a court case. The case is in connection with $32 398, 59 he owes the Zimbabwe Electricity and Distribution Company (ZETDC).
Moyo, who is represented by his wife Beatrice, claimed that he failed to promptly respond to the matter because he is outside Zimbabwe. He said:
It was not applicant’s deliberate intention to file his papers out of time and it is applicant’s conviction that he has a genuine defence to the respondent’s (ZETDC) claim in the main matter and therefore on the basis of that genuine defence applicant’s prospects of successfully defending the claim in the main matter are high.
Applicant (Moyo) feels that it would not be in the interest of justice that this matter be decided on a technicality. Applicant acted swiftly once the full facts of the main case came to his attention.
In the circumstances applicant humbly prays for condonation of the non-filing of an appearance to defend and an upliftment of the bar to his appearance to defend.
Going by the summons served on applicant’s (Moyo) employee where he was called to answer to a claim for payment of $32 398, 59 relating to electricity supplied by ZETDC in the main matter, the summons afforded the applicant 10 days to file an appearance to defend from the date of service of summons.
On March 8, our employee sent a text message that they had received papers from the High Court. I do not live at the farm and not could therefore not immediately collect the papers that had been mentioned in the text message.
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