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MDC-T in salary row

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MARONDERA — Kenneth Jack, a security officer at the MDC-T offices in Marondera, has camped at the party offices demanding to be paid outstanding salary arrears for the past 23 months.

Report by Jairos Saunyama

Jack (53), who claims the party owes him $11 000 in unpaid salary, recently caused a scene after he grabbed keys to a room where the party keeps its 18 campaign motorbikes after the provincial executive allegedly attempted to force him out.

He has since camped at the party offices in Morningside suburb and vowed to stay put until he has been paid.

Last year, Jack allegedly removed cupboards and pelmets from the party offices and sold them in Dombotombo, but he was later arrested and charged with theft.
On May 4 this year, Jack wrote to MDC-T’s human resources manager at Harvest House, one Chakanyuka, threatening to impound the party campaign motorbikes.

“I Jack Kenneth do hereby inform you that I need to be paid all my dues amounting to $11 500 for 23 months. For four months I have been working without any single day off because I was doing day and night duties. I also emphasise that if you fail to pay these dues within five working days, I will impound all 18 bikes,” reads part of the letter.

Last week, Jack told NewsDay he was now surviving on alms from well-wishers. However, MDC-T Marondera provincial chairperson Piniel Denga denied that the party owed him money nor was he a party employee.

“I know of the case, but the truth is that Jack was accommodated for free at the party offices since he had nowhere to go. He doesn’t have a contract with us, but we were just helping him. He once dragged us to court, but he lost the case and currently we are working on issuing an eviction order as he is refusing to leave the premises,” Denga said.

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