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Tsvangirai dragged to court

by Staff Reporter
03 May 2013 at 03:05hrs | Views
The state media reports that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is expected to appear before a labour officer on Friday for concilliation in a case in which a former employee in his office is claiming arrear salaries to the tune of US$9 300.

Mr Douglas Munakira, who was a research officer with the Institute of Democratic Alternative of Zimbabwe, a private communications office for the PM's office, resigned from employment citing unfair labour practice.

He resigned from employment citing ill-treatment but the parties clashed on the amount due to him.

Mr Munakira wants US$9 300 while IDAZIM is offering him US$2 000. Mr Munakira's lawyer Mr Wellington Pasipanodya of Manase and Manase has taken the matter for concilliation at the Labour and Social Welfare ministry.

In a notice for the concilliation dated April 22 2013, PM Tsvangirai and his office were cited as parties to the proceedings.

The proceedings would take place at Makombe Complex before labour officer Mr B Chikwanha.
Mr Munakira argues that he started working for the organisation as a security officer from April 2011 to January 2012 and arrears of US$500 accrued.

He claims he was eentitled to a US$400 monthly salary but on five occasions he recieved US$300.
From February 2012 to February this year Mr Munakira says he was elevated to being a research officer earning US$900 monthly.

Instead of receiving US$900 monthly, Mr Munakira received US$300 for 10 months.

Mr Munakira received US$400 for two months and for one month he did not get anything. He also claims encashment of his leave days to the tune of US$900.

After his promotion to a research officer Munakira says he was entitled to 40 litres of fuel every month and for nine months he did not receive any, leaving a balance of 360 litres of fuel. PM Tsvangirai's lawyer Mr Chris Mhike of Artherstone and Cook law firm wrote a letter to Manase and Manase contesting the claimed figure.

He disputes the fact that Munakira was promoted adding that his salary remained US$400 throughout his period of employment.

"Our client has studied the payments schedule prepared by your client and is not in agreement with it.

"As far as our client is concerned, your client's entitlement remained at US$400 per month through-out the period of his engagement and calculations on the outstanding shortfalls should be on that basis.

"In the spirit of good faith, we have rounded up the amount due and payable to Mr Douglas Munakira to US$2 000, an amount that is immediately payable to him in cash once we agree on these revised calculations, in full and final settlement of the dispute," read the letter.

Mr Mhike challenged Mr Munakira to prove that he was indeed promoted through documentation.

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Source - Herald