Five former MDC employees have dragged the party to court demanding to be paid US$222 000 salaries arrears.
The five are Tafadzwa Chakanyuka, Aleck Tabe, Geraldine Sibanda, Wilson Box and Lawrence Paganga. They cited Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube and MDC in the claim as first and second respondents respectively.
The five have reportedly already obtained court orders against MDC and filed writs of execution on the party’s movable property. Said Chakanyuka:
In the event that the applicants find movable or immovable property belonging to MDC, the amounts realised may not be sufficient to cover the debt for all applicants…and will be put out of pocket trying to raise money to pay the sheriff’s costs.
The MDC intended to pay its former employees outstanding salaries and terminal benefits from its share of the funds under the Political Parties Finance Act once it is disbursed. The party revealed that it has hitherto not received the money.
On June 24 the applicants’ lawyers wrote to the MDC requesting payment for the money that they are owed. The application reads:
To secure the payment, the applicants have therefore approached this honourable court seeking a garnishee order against the second respondent’s bank account and Ecocash merchant account or any other account to which MDC’s funds are disbursed.
The applicants seek to have Mthuli ordered to deduct US$222 436 and pay the amount to applicants lawyers Caleb Mucheche and partners within 24 hours of the amount becoming due and payable to MDC and the government grant being disbursed into its bank accounts.