Total sues fuel distributor over Shs598m

Wednesday January 16 2019

 

By BETTY NDAGIRE & JULIET KIGONGO

Kampala. Total Uganda is seeking to force Great Lakes Petroleum (U) Limited to pay more than Shs598m accumulated in unpaid fuel supplies.
In a matter before the Commercial Court, Total through Sebalu & Lule Advocates, says Great Lakes Petroleum has refused or ignored to pay the money due in supplies despite several reminders.

“On various dates in the month of July 2017, [Total] supplied [Great Lakes Petroleum] with petroleum products mainly diesel but, [Great Lakes Petroleum] has failed to pay for the same,” documents in court indicate, adding: “A statement of transactions showing an outstanding amount of Shs598m on account of sale was shared.”
According to court documents, Great Lakes Petroleum confirmed the debt in several correspondences but has failed to pay the money due.
Documents also indicate that an intention to sue, which Total issued was ignored.

In the suit, Total is also seeking interest of 20 per cent from the date of judgment up to when full payment is done.
The suit, according to documents was supported Mr Faustine Mugisha, Shell commercial manager, who said in an affidavit that the defendant had no reasonable defence not to fulfil their part of the bargain.
“… whatever is stated herein is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief,” Mr Mugisha’s affidavit reads in part.
Great Lakes Petroleum is expected to file its defence within a period not exceeding 10 days, failure of which the case will be heard without their involvement.

Debt
According to court documents, Great Lakes Petroleum confirmed the debt in several correspondences but has failed to pay the money due.
Documents also indicate that an intention to sue, which Total issued was ignored.
In the suit, Total is also seeking interest of 20 per cent from the date of judgment.

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