Kudenga fails to pay workers for 18 months

HARARE - Prominent chartered accountant and businessman Ngoni Kudenga’s engineering firm is embroiled in a messy labour dispute after failing to pay salaries for over 18 months.

The No 14 Bristol Road Harare headquartered Clarson and Company (Pvt) Ltd (Clarson), owes its over 60 employees about $30 000 in salary arrears dating back to 2011.

Kudenga sits on the boards of several companies including ABC holdings, Bindura Nickel Corporation and Hippo Valley estates among others.

Management initially promised to pay the outstanding salaries by March 7 2013 but failed to do so, according to correspondence seen by the Daily News.

“The company is making a lot of money yet we are almost two years without getting full salaries,” said one worker speaking on condition of anonymity.

“They say the company is broke but that is not true because we are very busy everyday to the extent of coming to work during weekends and public holidays even when we are not being paid.

“There is not a single month that we have not surpassed the targets set for us and that is why we are agitated.”

The employees said they had approached the National Employment Council seeking arbitration but that has not helped matters as they were sweet-talked to have the matter resolved out of court where several promises have been made but remain unfulfilled.

Clarson has continued to renege on the promises only giving them part payments which according to the employees are hardly enough to afford them a decent living.

Varaidzo Kudenga, the company’s general manager, claimed the workers would be paid soon.

“They will be paid soon, but I don’t understand why it should be the business of the Daily News to find out whether our staff has been paid or not,” she said.

“Besides I am not the one to talk to. Get in touch with our human resources office but I don’t know the contacts.”

Comments (6)

With such a poisonous attitude from Varaidzo Kudenga, no wonder why the company is in such doldrums. How can she ask a foolish question saying "I dont understand why it should be the business of the Daily News to find out whether our staff has been paid...". It is such typical ZANU behaviour of not wanting people to know information in the interests of the public. Shame on you Varaidzo!! I am sure you have paid all your salary and you dont want the public to know how you are treating some other children's fathers and mothers.

Upenyu - 8 October 2013

Upenyu thats why the whole country is in economic doldrums.These indeginous dont give a monkeys about their workers and treats them like slaves,while they own posh houses and cars.

Squarebasher - 8 October 2013

ipai masevenz mari avo musamirire vatange varamwa basa.varaidzo wawondonga purazi.ukasadaro purazi rinoparara.vanhuwo sewe havasi zvitunha vanotodawo upenyu hwakanaka sewe zvauonoona weye

maisvokwadzo - 8 October 2013

"Talk to the HR department but I dont know their contacts...Really???? This is a comment from the general manager...I bet she wishes she had paid the PR manager before the interview....

gutter poet - 8 October 2013

Sheer greed people work for you and your companies upliftment only to starve them of their well-deserved salaries!!!General Manager my foot what kind of sick attitude is that-with ur position you better start acting and speaking "executive"-certainly ill-treatment of employees isnt the way to go.

Madhumbe - 9 October 2013

This kind of attitude isnot acceptable kunyima vanhu mari yavo after working up in the morning everyday to be told no money this is wrong. may God bless them.

mary - 27 December 2016

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