Court stays auction of MDC property

HARARE – The Labour Court has granted the MDC a stay of execution, stopping the sale of the opposition party’s property seized over a $108 000 debt owed to former employees.

MDC lawyer and secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora had filed an urgent chamber application to stop the sale.

This was after the Sheriff of the High Court had instructed LM Auctioneers to place the MDC property under the hammer on Saturday.

“I wish to advise that today the Labour Court granted the MDC an order for stay of execution against its property,” Mwonzora said yesterday.

“This is in respect of the matter of Toendepi Shone and 16 other former employees, including Sally Dura. We are now in the process of repossessing our property that was taken by the Sheriff. I want to thank party members for their patience. This is the time to unite. Together we will win.”

The Labour Court decision follows a notice by LM Auctioneers indicating they would go on with the sale of the property in Southerton, Harare on Saturday with viewing set for Friday.

The sale had been precipitated by former MDC employee Dura and 15 other ex-staffers after they won an arbitration award for $600 000 for unfair dismissal.

Dura is allegedly owed 27 months’ salary arrears, damages for 36 months, among other benefits.

The labour-backed party is currently fighting off a series of disputes with former employees.

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