Anti-graft officers demand $2,8m in arrears

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TWENTY-six Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) intelligence and investigating officers approached the Labour Court on Tuesday this week seeking to have their outstanding allowances and benefits amounting to nearly $2,8 million, quantified.

BY CHARLES LAITON

In a letter addressed to Zacc’s lawyers Mutamangira and Associates written by the employees’ lawyers J Mambara and Partners dated April 15 2015, the lawyers said: “We have instructions to demand, as we hereby do, payment of $2 754 049,20 due and owing to our clients in respect of the unpaid allowances appearing in the operative part of the aforesaid judgment.

“Kindly inform us how your client intends to liquidate its indebtedness to ours within seven (7) days of this correspondence; else we will have no option, but to set the matter down for quantification.”

However, in response to the letter, Zacc’s lawyers said: “It is apparent that you have completely misunderstood the contents of the judgment in this matter handed down by the Labour Court on March 20 2015.”

Mutamangira and Associates wrote: “Firstly, the judgment wholly upholds all grounds of appeal and sets the arbitral award that had been granted in favour of your client by Mr R Matsikidze. Secondly and most importantly, there is no extant of the amount that you have demanded or for any amount at all within the four corners of the judgment.

The matter is yet to be set down for hearing.