Bosso lose Mambare case

HARARE - Highlanders have been ordered to pay former midfielder Masimba Mambare $10 000 in outstanding signing-on fees by a Bulawayo independent labour arbitrator.

Mambare and Bosso were embroiled in the legal dispute since the midfielder moved to the Bulawayo giants’ arch-rivals Dynamos at the beginning of this year under the Bosman ruling.

The former Motor Action midfielder had a signed a two-year contract when he arrived at Bosso in 2012.

Under the contract, Highlanders were supposed to pay Mambare a signing-on fee of $10 000 but that money never materialised during his stay at the club.

After moving to DeMbare, Mambare sort the assistance of the Footballers’ Union of Zimbabwe (Fuz) to recover his dues.

Fuz approached the Bulawayo club regarding the matter but failed to make a breakthrough. They were left with no option but to approach the Labour Court, which in turn refereed the matter before an independent arbitrator, Washington Chitima.

In their submissions, Highlanders argued that they were not entitled to pay Mambare the outstanding amount as the matter was now prescribed.

In legal terms, Bosso were simply saying that since Mambare’s contract with them had run out at the end of 2013 and they had no obligation to pay him.

However, Chitima ruled against Highlanders, saying they must pay Mambare within the next 30 days.

“The matter in my consideration is not prescribed. Claimant is owed $10 000 by respondent as signing-on fees. The respondent should pay claimant $10 000 within 30 days of this award. Failure of which interest at the prescribed rate shall accrue any outstanding amount after the date until final payment,” wrote Chitima the judgment delivered yesterday.

Fuz secretary general Paul Gundani said this judgment should be a lesson to Highlanders and the rest of the clubs to honour contracts with players.

“This is what we have been saying, clubs should learn to respect signed contracts. There is no way they can win these cases at the labour court,” Gundani told the Daily News yesterday.

“At first, we had approached Highlanders so that we could work out an out-of-court settlement but the club refused meet us.

“I think there was someone who was advising them incorrectly that the matter was prescribed which was wrong.”

The arbitral award is now registered under the High Court and the club will face further sanctions if they fail to pay Mambare during the prescribed period.

Meanwhile, earlier this week Highlanders were also dragged before the Labour Court by former players Bruce Tshuma and Heritan Masuku, whose contracts were not renewed at the end of last season.

The duo is also claiming that they were not paid their signing-on fees by the Bulawayo giants and the ruling over the matter is expected early next week.

Comments (2)

pay up..................................................

xixo x5 - 10 December 2014

Take the money and go you mole, this is the riffraff that makes Haahaalanders to lose games and direction, employed by Highlanders but by Zanunamos....check his bank account you may find deposits made in capital for him and many of his ilk to throw matches, where is Madindaband Peter to play for Brokesso again?

Mgobho - 10 December 2014

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