Wednesday, 2 November 2016

EX ZACC BOSS WINS PAYOUT

Former Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) chief executive officer, Ngonidzashe Gumbo, has filed a court application at the High Court seeking to register a $186 556,80 arbitral award he won as a court order with a view to execute the judgment.

According to the court papers, Gumbo was employed by the anti-graft body on November 7, 2007 and his contract was unilaterally terminated in March 2015.

“This is an application for registration of an arbitral award that was handed down by the honourable arbitrator, S Mugumisi, on January 5, 2016 at Harare, with the addendum to the award that was handed down on January 26 to become an order of this court,” Gumbo said in his founding affidavit.

“In terms of the arbitral award, respondent (Zacc) was ordered to pay applicant the sum of $186 556,80 being unpaid salaries and benefits, of which it refused to comply with despite demand. The law allows the arbitral award to be registered as an order of this honourable court. The arbitral award is still valid and was not set aside by any competent court.”

The matter is set to appear before High Court judge Justice Joseph Musakwa today for determination. According to Gumbo, sometime in March last year, Zacc allegedly unilaterally stopped paying his salary and terminal benefits without notice.

Gumbo said this was done with no communication either verbally or in writing being made to notifying him of the decision the anti-graft body had taken against him.
The move by Zacc culminated in Gumbo’s application for conciliation to the labour office in terms of the labour law raising allegations of unfair labour practice.

However, the labour officer issued a certification of no settlement and referred the matter for arbitration, where it was dealt with by the arbitrator, Mugumisi, who then considered submissions from both sides and handed down an award on January 5, 2016 in Gumbo’s favour.

Following the award, Zacc is said to have asked the arbitrator to give a breakdown of the amounts, which were granted in the award and the arbitrator handed down an addendum to the award on the January 26, 2016. Newsday

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