23 August 2014

Zimbabwe: Fired MDC-T Workers to Attach Tsvangirai's Home

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Morgan Tsvangirai resting at his home with wife Elizabeth Macheka

Opposition MDC-T workers sacked in 2010 will seek to attach party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s House and dozens of vehicles after the party failed to pay them about $520,000 in damages for unfair dismissal.

Arbitrator Duncan Mudzengi ruled that the dismissal of the 13 workers without benefits was unfair adding that they should be paid damages and other outstanding allowances.

Two of the workers were awarded US$48,260 each, while 11 others got US$38,440 each.

High Court Judge Justice Priscilla Chigumba registered the arbitral award in favour of the workers on July 10 this year.

The workers’ lawyer, Obert Mawadze of Manase and Manase Legal Practitioners, used the registration to obtain a writ of execution for the party properties.

Properties targeted by the Deputy Sheriff include Tsvangirai’s private home in Harare’s Strathaven area, a party property in Chitungwiza as well as some 62 vehicles.

The MDC-T is understood to be facing financial difficulties blamed on donor fatigue following the party’s disastrous performance in last year’s elections which Tsvangirai claims were rigged by President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.

Bickering over the election outcome has also led to an acrimonious split with one faction backing Tsvangirai while some top leaders disgruntled with the former premier have left, backing calls by secretary general Tendai Biti for leadership renewal.

The rival factions have also locked horns over party properties including the Harvest House headquarters in central Harare.

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