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Zesa employee fired over fuel coupons

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GWERU — A Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) employee, who claims he was unfairly dismissed after he got involved in a road traffic accident three years ago and failed to account for 20 000 litres worth of fuel coupons entrusted to him, has lost his bid for reinstatement.

The employee, Blessing Muzenda, was initially fired by the Zesa appeal committee, but afterwards took his case to the Labour Court which yesterday upheld the earlier ruling.

In his ruling, Labour Court judge president Justice Maxwell Takuva dismissed the appeal saying Muzenda should have made sure all valuables in the accident vehicle were properly handed over.

The court heard on January 29, 2009, Muzenda, who was based at Munyati Power Station, was sent to Harare to source computer spares, among other assignments.

On his way back, he was involved in an accident near Mupfure River in Chegutu.

A motorist, one Colonel Hungwe, ferried Muzenda to Kadoma General Hospital. Muzenda collected some valuable goods from the wreckage of the Zesa car and loaded them onto Hungwe’s vehicle.

Zesa officials later dispatched a team to collect the goods from Muzenda. He transferred mail, postage envelopes, spanners and a jack from Hungwe’s vehicle to a Zesa truck.

The team then took all the recovered items to Munyati Power Station and booked them in the loss control occurrence book on January 31, 2009.

On February 1, 2009, the acting general manager at
Munyati was handed over four Zimbabwe Power Corporation envelopes to take to Hwange.

At Hwange it was then discovered that the envelope containing fuel coupons amounting to 20 020 litres was missing.

Muzenda was quizzed over the missing coupons and on June 5, 2009, the company’s disciplinary committee recommended that he be dismissed from work.

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