ZESCO turns to newspaper advertisements in legal tussle against Zambia Electrometer Limited


ZESCO Limited has filed an application with the Lusaka High Court seeking permission to serve court documents on Zambia Electrometer Limited via advertisement in a daily newspaper.

This action stems from a lawsuit ZESCO initiated against Zambia Electrometer Limited for failing to settle a K46 million debt.

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ZESCO holds a 40 percent stake in Zambia Electrometer Limited, a company involved in manufacturing and supplying electrical equipment.

However, according to an affidavit supporting the ex-parte summons filed by advocate Mwape Simalambo Siamutwa, ZESCO encountered difficulties in serving the originating process on the defendant.

Siamutwa’s affidavit revealed that attempts to serve Zambia Electrometer Limited at its registered office in Ndola on April 19, 2024, were unsuccessful, as the offices were found deserted.

Furthermore, all efforts to reach the defendant via known phone numbers proved futile, as they were unreachable.

Given these circumstances, Siamutwa argued that the Court should authorise substituted service through advertisement in a daily newspaper, a widely circulated publication within the Republic of Zambia.

She asserted in the affidavit that granting this order would not prejudice the defendant but rather serve the interests of justice.

According to the statement of claim, ZESCO provided financial assistance totaling K46,428,429 to Zambia Electrometer Limited, purportedly for the latter to meet its obligations to employees and cover other expenses.

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