The messenger of court this week attached property belonging to the Gwanda municipality at the instigation of the National Social Security Authority (Nssa) over a $35 000 debt.
The local authority owes Nssa the money from unremitted workers’ contributions towards the social security authority.
Gwanda mayor Lionel De Necker confirmed that Nssa had their property attached over the $35 000.
“I must say we were taken aback when our property was attached because we were in the middle of negotiations,” De Necker said.
“As much as it is a question of the municipality being in arrears, Nssa also owes us much more than we owe them.”
“They actually owe us $50 000 and we owe them
$35 000. The assumption was that the institutions would discuss the issue.”
De Necker said the messenger of court took a few items belonging to the municipality which included computers and furniture.
“They took just a few things but were stopped by the Nssa lawyers, who realised that the authority had blundered.
“We have received confirmation from their lawyers instructing Nssa to return the municipality property,” he said.
Efforts to get a comment from the Nssa offices hit a brick wall after the regional manager was said to be out of town.
An official who answered the phone in the manager’s office said: “I am not in a position to comment on that.
“Our regional manager can shed more light on that. He is out of town and will be back next week.”