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Tsvangirai settles labour case outside court

by Staff Reporter
13 May 2013 at 03:45hrs | Views
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and a former researcher in his office Mr Douglas Munakira last week settled their labour case outside the court with the latter pocketing US$2 000.

Munakira, who was a research officer with the Institute of Democratic Alternative of Zimbabwe (IDAZ), cited the Prime Minister's Office and PM Tsvangirai as parties to the labour dispute.

He argued that the PM's Office unfairly treated him to an extent that he resigned citing unfair labour practice. He also argued that the office owed him US$9 300, a figure that accrued from underpayment of monthly salary over three years of employment. He resigned from employment citing ill-treatment but the parties clashed on the amount due to him.

Munakira wanted US$9 300 while IDAZ offered him US$2 000. Munakira's lawyer Mr Wellington Pasipanodya of Manase and Manase had taken the matter for concilliation at the Labour and Social Welfare ministry.

He confirmed receiving the US$2 000 cash after signing the agreement with PM Tsvangirai's lawyers Artherstone and Cook to end the case.
"I met PM Tsvangirai's lawyers and we settled the matter. They gave me US$2 000 although I was claiming US$9 300. I agreed to take the money because I was desperate for cash, my financial situation was not okay and I just had to accept the offer," he said.

Mr Munakira's copy of the agreement showed that he was supposed to drop the case that was set for May 16 before a labour officer.

PM Tsvangirai's lawyer Mr Chris Mhike said the discussions he had with Munakira were strictly private and the parties agreed to keep them under wraps.

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Source - Herald