Kereke employees file for curatorship

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AT least 100 workers employed by Bikita West MP Munyaradzi Kereke at Rock Foundation Medical Centre (RMC) have filed a High Court application seeking that the company be placed under provisional judicial management citing its failure to settle a $5 million debt owed to creditors.

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The institution’s account has since been garnished by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, among other creditors.

In papers filed at the High on Friday under case number 44425/14 by Sylvester Mufudza and 92 other workers through their lawyer Kiven Musona, the employees argued that the medical centre was “facing financial problems such that it has completely failed to meet its obligations and dues” and could only be resuscitated if placed under judicial management.

“Applicants submit that there is reasonable possibility that if the company is placed under judicial management, it will be enabled to pay its debts or meet its obligations and become a viable business concern,” Mufudza said in the application, which was made in terms of section 300 of the Companies Act Chapter 24:03.

He said part of the reason why RMC had been unable to meet its financial obligations was that it was owed over $2 million by several debtors.

Although the institution was still trying to generate new business and consequently create streams of income, the applicants argued, it would only be able to ride out the financial storm if placed under judicial management.

“It is just and equitable that respondent be placed under provisional judicial management as the welfare of its workers and their dependants together with those of other creditors will be guaranteed,” Mufudza said.

“Further, it will redirect forces on growth and expansion of business instead of a constant battle for survival against each creditor.”

The institution employs over 100 people, who risk being thrown out into the streets should the company collapse, thus the need to secure a lifeline through judicial management.

“Consequently, it is in the best interests of the owners, employees, creditors and society as a whole that respondent be placed under provisional judicial management,” Mufudza said.

The workers proposed that chartered accountant Shepherd Chimutanda of STC International Certified Chartered Accountants be appointed provisional judicial manager.

In a letter to Musona attached to the application, Chimutanda confirmed that he was willing to preside over the resuscitation of the troubled RMC.

Kereke, a former adviser to former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, is alleged to have been paying the employees in “bits and pieces”.

In February this year, the businessman—cum—politician was embroiled in a protracted labour dispute with 140 former employees at his Pamene Farm in Makonde as he was reportedly refusing to pay terminal benefits, outstanding wages and salaries and overtime to permanent and seasonal workers despite
arbitral awards ordering him to do so.

9 COMMENTS

  1. What went wrong nhai moyo chirandu? You had started well with Doves, Greencard, Pamene, Global Meats, Rmc , Fortress etc etc etc. Kutaurisa nekudenha vakuru. If theres a next time just keep quiet and mind your own business. Hona manje

  2. the guy is a doctor of conomics but he runs his businesses like a tuckshop….he is good in class ,application ndopasina,,,,just a lunatic….this move is fishy why apoint a curator if yu are the worker,let e jugde apooint….kereke behind this

  3. TRIED TO BE TOO MANY THINGS AT THE SAME TIME ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR COMPANIES ARE HIGHLY CAPITAL GEARED CAUSE U HAD ACCESS TO CREDIT BEFORE STARTING TO PROVOKE THOSE THAT HAVE FAR REACHING TENTACLES IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICE SECTOR.THEY SIMPLY RECALL THEIR LOANS IF YOU MISS A PAYMENT AND THEY NO LONGER PROVIDE WORKING CAPITAL AND LIKE A DECK OF CARDS UR EMPIRE WILL START TO CRUMBLE.

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