ZIMBABWE Cricket lost four cars on Friday as the deputy sheriff seized three of them immediately after the national cricket team’s first T20 match against India at Harare Sports Club while the fourth was seized at a local hotel.
BY WELLINGTON TONI
The cars are now likely to go under the hammer in two weeks time.
The four cars-three Toyota Corolla’s and one Nissan Almeria-were seized due to an ongoing labour dispute between ZC and
its former executive in the commercial department, Andrew Muzamhindo who is owed over $150 000, including interest and legal fees.
Almost $100 000 has been paid, but the legal fees and interest charges have not been covered.
Muzamhindo left the organisation in 2008 but won his case at the Labour Court. ZC then appealed to the High Court and lost again.
In the latest incident, the three cars were taken from Gate 3 of Harare Sports Club-the gate used by sponsors of the national cricket team while the fourth, used by a ZC employee based in Bulawayo, was taken from a hotel.
ZC media and communications manager Lovemore Banda said he was not aware of the seizure of the vehicles as he had left the match venue early.
In December, ZC lost its Outside Broadcast van as well as vehicles used by chief executive Wilfred Mukondiwa and selector Givemore Makoni as part of the process to recover the money owed to Muzamhindo.
According to the Sheriff of the High Court of Zimbabwe Sale-in Execution the property was auctioned in the capital on December 27.
Mukondiwa’s car, a Mazda BT50, was seized from ZC’s head offices last December while the Nissan Navara King Cab used by Makoni was removed from his apartment in the Avenues on the same day.
The OB Van was impounded at ZiFM Stereo’s premises, where it was reportedly stationed in a bonded warehouse.
ZC has been battling financial turmoil for several years now. In 2004, ZC had a positive balance of $10 million when Vince Hogg was the managing director before he resigned but in 2012 showed net liabilities of $14,267,152, and total liabilities of $19,081,421, while their debts totalled around $18million in early 2014.
In May, ZC had to undertake a risky trip to Pakistan to play some matches where, according to reports, the players were paid $12 500 each.
ZC also had five franchises but the Southern Rocks had to be disbanded due to financial problems.