THE Deputy Sheriff in Harare has attached property valued at over $24 623,23 at businessman Philip Chiyangwa’s Divaris Makaharis School following a writ of execution granted by a labour arbitrator in favour of the school’s former principal Christopher Tapera.
Some of the attached property included a Toyota double cab vehicle, four fridges, 12 leather sofas, 100 office chairs, 50 office desks and 14 conference chairs.
Tapera last month won an arbitration award after he sued the private school, located in the upmarket Bluff Hill neighbourhood, over unpaid salaries and benefits amounting to $26 623,34.
The order was granted by an arbitrator only identified as D Mudzengi and subsequently registered on June 3 2014 as a High Court order under case number HC4493/14.
Although the school had disputed the figure owed, the arbitrator noted in his ruling that Tapera had calculated the figures correctly.
Tapera joined the school on May 1 2013 and resigned in May this year.
During that time, the school started experiencing financial difficulties resulting in the salary arrears.
The school had, however, argued that they owed him only $16 393,50.
Tapera was represented by labour lawyer Nikita Madya.
Meanwhile, the school has taken Tapera to court over a $43 000 fraud charge arising from transactions carried out when he was in charge of the elite school.
The school claims that Tapera allegedly made false benefits claims and pocketed the money, and hired ancillary staff without approval by the school board.
As a result of his alleged misrepresentations, the school suffered a total prejudice of $43 350.
Tapera denied the charge last Friday when he appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe who granted him $50 bail and remanded the matter to August 29.