The wrangle at Greys Inn and Selbourne hotels pitting two senior managers and their director, Abdul Choudry Basit, has taken another twist after one of the managers was on Wednesday suspended, reportedly in contravention of a court order, barring interference in their duties.
According to a letter in NewsDay’s possession, Michael Nyoni, a chief operations manager, was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing slated for October 26.
Nyoni is being accused of inciting other workers to disregard authority and absenteeism. However, the suspension is reportedly in contempt of court as there is an order barring the management from interfering with the managers’ duties.
The pair, Nyoni and Gordon Dube, an operations manager, approached the Labour Court after they were allegedly demoted by their director Choudry Basit’s personal assistant, Sithokozile Nduna-Ndlovu, during the boss’s absence.
Basit has also hired management consultancy firm, Moyo Africa Financial Advisory Pvt Ltd, to run the affairs of the hotels, including hiring and firing staff. The new development is alleged by the complainants to be a ploy to shift attention from the lawsuit and further frustrate them out of the system.
The pair’s lawyers, Shenje and Company, on Wednesday wrote to the management at the hotels, advising them that they were acting in contempt of court.
Basit and his family are believed to be out of the country. In the lawsuit, Bryggen Enterprises P/L, Grey’s Inn and Selbourne Hotel, Basit and Nduna-Ndlovu are cited as 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively.
Interestingly the pair once presided over Nduna–Ndlovu’s case of misconduct when she was still marketing manager and recommended her dismissal, prompting her to approach the Labour Court.
She was rehired in a different portfolio of an internal auditor before her alleged sudden rise to the new position of the director’s personal assistant.