Zacc appeals against $1,5m payout

HARARE - Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) employees claim that the commission followed a wrong court procedure after a court order compelling it to pay them $1, 5 million in a protracted labour dispute.

The court ordered the attachment of the commission’s property to retrieve the money.

“You are required and directed to attach and take into execution the movable goods of Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission… and of the same cause to be realised the sum of $1 530 624, 30, which the claimants recovered by judgment of this honourable court dated 17th October 2013,” reads part of a writ of execution seen by the I.

The commission later filed an appeal to the Supreme Court, challenging the property attachment.

However, Servious Kufandada, who deposited an affidavit on behalf of the other 25 employees in an application for leave to execute the judgment pending appeal, said the commission adopted a wrong procedure.

“It (commission) should have applied for the stay of execution of appealing against the registration of the award,” Kufandada said.

“The respondent has decided to deliberately and flagrantly abuse the court process in order to delay execution. The appeal is frivolous and vexatious. It is an abuse of this court.”

He also said that the commission’s appeal had no prospects of success.

“The legal practitioners representing the first respondent know or ought to have known that there is no such procedure of appealing against registration,” Kufandada said.

The commission has been in a long dispute with its workers, with court documents showing that the contract signed by the employees was such that they were entitled to a housing allowance, transport allowance, cell phone allowance, and provision of motor vehicles to officers without vehicles, a 13th cheque, anti-corruption allowance, group life cover, medical aid, risk allowance, education and school fees allowance.

In March this year, arbitrator Rodgers Matsikidze ruled in favour of the employees and awarded each of them various amounts ranging between $53 000 and $61 000.

Some of the properties that are likely going to be auctioned include the commission’s number 872 Betterment Close Mt Pleasant, its headquarters at number 5 Golda Avenue, Mabelreign and number 366 Glen Helenway, Glen Lorne.

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