ZC woes mount as Deputy Sheriff seize OB Van, MD's car

HARARE - The Deputy Sheriff yesterday pounced on Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) and seized its Outside Broadcasting Van as well as official vehicles of managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa and chief selector Givemore Makoni after the association lost a drawn-out labour dispute with former executive Andrew Muzamhindo.

SEIZED: Convener of selectors Givemore Makoni's Nissan Navara King Cab being impounded from his apartment in Harare.

But it emerged last night that the OB Van, purchased by ZC some nine years ago, might have been “sold” to Supa Madziwanzira’s ZiFM Stereo, from whose premises it was impounded yesterday afternoon.

“The vehicle was parked on the owner’s premises,” said ZC spokesperson Lovemore Banda when asked why the van was stationed at ZiFM.  

Documents seen by the Daily News, however, show that the OB Van being still in ZC’s name.

Muzamhindo won the long-standing suit against his former employer at the High Court, where ZC had appealed after the Labour Court initially granted judgment in the Harare businessman’s favour last year.

He had taken legal action to recover outstanding payment in commission and wages.

The MD’s car, a Mazda BT50, was seized from ZC’s head offices in Highlands earlier in the day while Makoni’s company Nissan Navara King Cab was removed from his apartment in the Avenues late afternoon. Makoni is currently on tour in Uganda with Takashinga Cricket Club.

The OB Van was impounded in the afternoon from ZiFM Stereo’s premises, where it was stationed in a bonded warehouse.

ZiFM is owned by new Zanu-PF central committee member Supa Mandiwanzira, recently appointed Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services by President Robert Mugabe following a Cabinet reshuffle.

The OB Van was driven out of the ZiFM premises following a protracted battle with staff at the radio station, who for close to three hours refused to hand over keys to the van, which was purchased by the organisation almost a decade ago. 

The Deputy Sheriff staff had to forcibly break into the warehouse before jump-starting the van and drove off to Ruby Auctions to join Mukondiwa’s car.

The van was being kept in the XCGM bonded warehouse located on the ZiFM premises. XCGM is a construction and mining equipment company, and Mandiwanzira is the company’s chairman.

IMPOUNDED: Zimbabwe Cricket’s OB Van is driven out of the ZiFm’s premises by officials from the Deputy Sheriff yesterday.

ZiFM chief executive Susan Makore distanced the two-year-old radio station from the van, saying the place where the vehicle was being kept was not directly linked to the station.

She however mentions in her comment that the van “might not be ZC property” after all.

“This is a legal issue that I’m not able to comment on,” Makore told the Daily News.

“Where it was has got nothing to do with ZiFM, ZiFM has never owned an OB van. However, the fact that it was towed from where it was might mean it’s not Zimbabwe Cricket property. But I don’t want to get myself into problems by commenting on other people’s business. Since it’s a matter involving ZC you can get in touch with ZC officials.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy Sheriff is now in the process of locating the other 14 vehicles which have been attached.

Muzamhindo was employed by ZC for three years as head of the commercial department, working on salary and commission basis. He led a ZC team tasked responsible for sourcing sponsorship for the organisation. After his contract expired in 2008 ZC declined to renew, leading to a legal battle over unpaid fees in accrued commission.

He is claiming at least $120 000 in unpaid dues.

After winning at the Labour Court last year, ZC turned to the High Court, leading to the latest judgment. The High Court granted leave to appeal pending execution.

Muzamhindo’s lawyer Douglas Chinawa said the ruling was a relief to him and his client.

“Three vehicles were taken today and they will continue with the process tomorrow (today) morning,” he said. “Initially there was a court order in favour of my client and they (ZC) purported to appeal, which failed. They filed to the Supreme Court challenging the Labour Court ruling. We were granted order of execution and by virtue of that, the Deputy Sherriff is given effect to writ of execution.”

Chinawa added that ZC can “file an urgent application for stay of execution, which will be meaningless and academic as the Deputy Sheriff has already executed his duties.”

ZC’s Banda yesterday declined to comment further on the development.

“The matter involves the law, is still under due process and therefore sub judice,” Banda said.

Reached for comment yesterday, Muzamhindo said: “Justice always catches up with you, no matter how long it takes. All I want is what’s due to me. I don’t anything against ZC. It’s unfortunate some people personalised the issue, they failed to separate between personal and business issues.”

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