Mohadi challenges property sale

BULAWAYO - State Security minister Kembo Mohadi has challenged the sale of his company’s property attached by the High Court Sheriff over $37 314 owed to his sacked ex-employee.

The $37 314 are terminal benefits after an unfair dismissal for Mereki Zunde an ex-auto electrician at Vitafoam (Pvt) Ltd owned by Mohadi.

According to court papers, Zunde was employed at Vitafoam from 1997 until June 30, 2004 when his contract was unfairly terminated.

Mohadi’s daughter, Abigail, who is a director at the company, through lawyers, Mutuso, Taruvinga and Mhiribidi Legal Practitioners, filed a chamber application last week at the Bulawayo High Court challenging the attachment of the property.

Vitafoam cited Zunde and the Sheriff of the High Court as respondents.

After Zunde’s bid was dismissed, he won an arbitral award for quantification and damages in lieu of reinstatement of $37 314.

But Vitafoam vainly appealed against the award at the Labour Court.

In her founding affidavit, Abigail sought an order interdicting the Sheriff of the High Court from confirming the sale.

“This is an application for stay of execution of the High Court order HC2747/14 pending the determination of the court application to set aside the arbitral award under HC1170/15. Applicant was served with notice of attachment and sale of its immovable properties in pursuance of the order,” she argued.

The minister’s daughter said when she and her father bought the shares from the previous owners of the company in October 2009, it was under provisional liquidation.

“At the time of buying the shares, the company had been under provisional liquidation and we, that is Kembo Mohadi and I, paid all the creditors who had registered their claims with the company or liquidator.”

Vitafoam said the arbitrator misdirected herself in ruling that Zunde must be paid damages as substitute for reinstatement, adding that the decision lacked justification, as Zunde was an employee of the company when it was still under the management of the former owners.

Comments (1)

Zanu pf thieves think they can steal and do anything they want without accountability. This is because the DESPOT bestow immunity upon them provided they pay royalties to the first family and their fellow goons. Considering that the Judiciary is totally corrupt and that Kembo Mohadi is a loyal Zanu pf comrade he will get off scot free.

Jackass Analyst - 26 November 2015

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