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Deputy Sheriff Attempts to Attach Tsvangirai's Property

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai gestures during a news conference, Harare, Aug. 3, 2013.

Officials from the Deputy Sherif’s office descended on the Highlands home of former Prime Minister and founding president of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai, to attach his property Thursday to offset outstanding salary arrears of some former MDC employees.

The move was blocked by his lawyer and party spokesman, Douglas Mwonzora, who claims the Sherrif’s office is out to humiliate Tsvangirai.

But the Sherif’s office says it is executing an order of the court to attach the property to pay for labour damages to 13 party employees who were unlawfully dismissed in 2010.

The court ordered that Morgan Tsvangirai’s Strathaven house in Harare, and 62 party vehicles be auctioned to pay off US$491,760 in labour damages.

The employees worked in the security department at the party’s Harvest House headquarters. In addition to the house on stand number 2 Lyndhurst Lane, Strathaven Township, another party house on stand number 16099 Seke Township, Chitungwiza, was listed as part of properties earmarked for attachment.

But Tsvangirai’s lawyers say they are trying to reach common ground with the workers’ lawyers represented by Manase and Manase legal practioners.

Efforts to get a comment from Wilson Manase were futile as his phone went unaswered. But MDC-T spokesman and Tsvangirai’s lawyer Mwonzora said the move by the Deputy Sherrif is disturbing.