WASHINGTON DC —
The pending attachment of property belonging to MDC founding president Morgan Tsvangirai and the party over nearly $500,000 in salary arrears for dismissed workers has touched raw nerves with two MDC factions blaming each other for failing to properly handle the case.
Tsvangirai’s Strathaven house, a party house in Chitungwiza and 62 vehicles are among properties set to be attached by the messenger of court to pay 13 workers $491,760 in outstanding salaries following their dismissal in 2010.
According to the state-controlled Herald newspaper, High Court judge Justice Priscilla Chigumba in July this year registered an arbitral award in favour of the workers, who were employed in the MDC’s security department.
The workers’ lawyers used the award to obtain a writ of execution against the defendants’ property.
The Deputy Sheriff is reportedly in the process of attaching the property in Harare and surrounding areas in order to pay the former employees – one of them owed up to $48,260.
Party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora told Studio 7 that the MDC Renewal Team, allegedly led by Tendai Biti, failed to properly handle the case.
MDC Renewal Team member, Elton Mangoma, who was the MDC-T deputy treasurer, said these claims are far-fetched. Studio 7 could not establish whether Tsvangirai was cited as one of the respondents in this case. The messenger of court was not reachable for comment.
Human rights lawyer Job Sibanda said it is legal for the court to attach Tsvangirai’s property if he is cited in the case.