Bindura Town Clerk demands $800k

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Reinstated Bindura Town Clerk, Paison Mugogo, is demanding a whooping $800 000 from the municipality in outstanding arrears in salaries and allowances for the period he had been dismissed from work.
Mugogo was reinstated by the Labour Court last month after two years at home following his dismissal for alleged incompetence, among other charges. On Tuesday the council reinstated Mugogo pending retirement.
“We have reinstated him pending retirement in terms of the law. He was supposed to have retired in January 2009. He is now 61 years old,” said Acting Mayor, Ivory Matanhire.
The Acting mayor said Mugogo’s claims were outrageous as the council was unable to raise the amount he was claiming.
“We do not have such an amount,” Matanhire said.
Mugogo was fired in March 2008. His reinstatement was mired in controversy amid accusations that Mashonaland Central Governor and Resident Minister, Martin Dinha was blocking him from returning to council.
The allegations were raised by the Bindura Residents and Ratepayers Association.
Dinha denies the allegations and says Mugogo’s reinstatement had not been done in an orderly manner. Members of the residents association who accompanied Mugogo to the council offices on Monday were arrested.
The association chairman Molleys Mazorodze and Moses Nyazema were denied bail when they appeared at the Bindura magistrates’ court onTuesday. They were remanded in custody to next week.
Mugogo’s lawyer, Kay Ncube, said that he had been instructed by his client to claim the outstanding allowances and arrears in salaries for the period he was not in employment after his dismissal.
The breakdown of Mugogo’s claims, in possession, shows that he wants $112 000 in salary arrears for the 28 months he was out of employment and allowances amounting to $368 800.
He also demands to be paid money for bonuses, allowances for telephone and mobile phone, electricity, children’s school fees, medical aid and professional bodies’ fees.
Mugogo is also claiming a holiday allowance amounting to $104 160. The holiday allowance for the Town Clerk and his family of six includes the booking of executive suits and ordinary rooms, lunches and dinners, hiring of vehicles and buying of personal clothing such as suits.
Mugogo also listed allowances for his gardener, cook and security guards. In all, the total amount being claimed by Mugogo is $786 806. 00.