Fired town clerk demands $800 000


Reinstated Bindura Town Clerk, Paison Mugogo, is demanding a whopping $800 000 from the municipality outstanding in salaries and allowances for the period he had been dismissed from work.
The Labour Court reinstated Mugogo last month two years after he was dismissed 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.” The Acting mayor said Mugogo’s claims were outrageous and that council would not be able to raise the amount.
“We do not have such an amount,” Matanhire said.
Mugogo’s reinstatement was mired in controversy amid accusations that Mashonaland Central Governor and Resident Minister, Martin Dinha was blocking his return to council.
The allegations were raised by the Bindura Residents and Ratepayers Association. Dinha denies the allegations saying Mugogo’s reinstatement had not been done properly. 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 the followin day. 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 two-year- period.
The breakdown of Mugogo’s claims — in NewsDay’s possession — shows that he is claiming $112 000 in salary arrears for the 28 months he was out of the job and allowances totalling $368 800.
He has demanded to be paid for bonuses, allowances for telephone and mobile phone, electricity, children’s school fees, medical aid and professional affiliation’ fees.
Mugogo is also claiming a $ 104 160 holiday allowance. The holiday allowance for the
Town Clerk and his family of six includes the booking into executive suites and ordinary rooms, lunches and dinners, hiring of vehicles and 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.