High Court judge Justice Jester Helena Charewa has taken her former employer, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC), to court, claiming $34 196 in outstanding salary and allowances.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Charewa worked as ZHRC executive secretary having joined the Commission in 2014 and was getting almost half of her actual monthly package. On March 2 this year, Justice Charewa decided to issue summons after an unsuccessful attempt to recover the debt outside court and is claiming the $34 196 plus interest.
In the summons issued by Chinamasa, Mudimu and Maguranyanga Law Firm, Justice Charewa indicated that when she joined the ZHRC, she would get monthly allowances and salary to the tune of $5 094, but the Commission violated the agreement. The Commission unilaterally paid Justice Charewa a total gross of $2 973 monthly, leaving a balance of $2 121. Between July 2014 and September 2015, the debt ballooned to $34 196. Charewa confirmed that she also owes the Commission $2 410, being costs for the repair of her personal vehicle during her employment with ZHRC.