Zanu-PF chefs fail to pay workers

Zanu-PF chefs fail to pay workers
Published: 23 October 2018 (269 Views)
Several Zanu-PF politicians have been dragged to court by employees over failure to pay wages at their farms.

As a result, the Progressive Agriculture and Allied Workers' Union of Zimbabwe (Paawuz) — the union that represents farm workers — has been left with no choice but to approach the Labour Court for redress.

Court documents seen by the Daily News show that several Zanu-PF bigwigs, among them former Public Service minister Nicholas Goche; Bindura South Member of Parliament Remigious Matangira; former first lady Grace Mugabe's sister Rose Chidhakwa; former Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi and former Mbare legislator Tendai Savanhu owe their employees tens of thousands of United States dollars in unpaid wages and allowances.

The development is the clearest indication that even the elite in Zanu-PF are finally feeling the pinch of economic hardships being faced by the majority of their countrymen.

Goche, who has previously held the powerful State Security portfolio, was invited to attend court proceedings on July 19, over non-payment of workers at his Ceres Chizenga Farm in Shamva.

He had gone for 15 months without paying the aggrieved farm workers, according to the documents.

In the case of Chidhakwa's Wool Farm in Mashonaland Central, her employees are demanding payment of allowances for over nine months, Matangira's Thrums Farm in Mashonaland Central owes over $80 000 in wages.

"You are notified that the matter or appeal concerning alleged non-payment and underpayment of allowances in respect of which a notice of appeal was made on August 11 and to which you are a party, shall be herd before J Mudani on October 3, 2018..," reads part of the summons issued to the Bindura South lawmaker.

Sekeramayi is also struggling to pay his workers at his sprawling Ulva Farm in Mashonaland East.

Paawuz said the former Health minister owes over $40 000 in unpaid wages and allowances for his over 60 employees.

His matter is pending at the Labour Court.

Several white commercial farmers have also been dragged over the same allegations, among them John Butler who owns Butler Farm in Mashonaland East, Stewart Tippet who owns Glenisla Tobacco Farm in Marondera as well as Peter Moore's Golden Arles Farm.

Moore is accused of "non-payment and underpayment of wages, not providing accommodation and transport allowance" to his employees according to the court documents filed on August 1, 2018.

Paawuz secretary-general Raymond Sixpence told the Daily News yesterday that some of the commercial farmers were intimidating workers taking advantage of the influence they wield in Zanu-PF.

"Only courageous employees dare challenge these bigwigs because they claim to be influential...

"They are virtually a law unto themselves and even when we try to engage them as a union, they treat us with contempt," alleged Sixpence.



- dailynews

Tags: Zanu-PF, Workers, Pay,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

WATCH: Apostle Vutabwashe blasts Mnangagwa's government

by Mandla Ndlovu | 22 April 2019 | 55 Views

Analysts defend Tinashe Kachingwe

by Mandla Ndlovu | 22 April 2019 | 34 Views

'Corruption and cronyism worrying Mnangagwa' ZANU PF MP says

by Mandla Ndlovu | 22 April 2019 | 50 Views

ZANU PF launches 10 000 youths to fight for a mine?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 22 April 2019 | 53 Views

Cyclone Idai victims resist tent homes

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 40 Views

Price controls the only way to go, says Mutodi

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 35 Views

Chamisa faces VPs Dilemma

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 40 Views

Cyclone Idai donations 'looting' soldiers freed

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 36 Views

Churches taking anti-sanctions crusade to opposition parties

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 31 Views

Registrar of Deeds dragged to court

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 34 Views

Chamisa urged to back Mwonzora's bid

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 25 Views

Bosso, Dembare beaten again

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 33 Views

Minister fouls Mnangagwa's plans fouled by Owen Ncube

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 35 Views

Tsvangirai turning in his grave, says daughter

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 33 Views

Mnangagwa pleads with Diasporans

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 33 Views

Chamisa unveils Mwonzora, Mudzuri rescue plan

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 31 Views

11 dead in kombi, Honda fit head-on accident

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 35 Views

War vets slam bread price hike

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 100 Views

Charumbira calls for truce in boundary row

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 81 Views

Mnangagwa hopeful on economy

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 93 Views

Revolution is the great teacher

by Reason Wafawarova | 22 April 2019 | 68 Views

Econet raises RTGS$479 287 for Idai relief through EcoCash

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 66 Views

Chief Mvuthu's family in fresh wrangle

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 66 Views

'Mnangagwa to crack whip on errand businesses'

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 67 Views

Artisanal miner shot dead

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 65 Views

'Zimbabwe public finances in bad shape'

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 38 Views

It's time for South Africa to rethink the economy

by Tapiwa Gomo | 22 April 2019 | 56 Views

'Mnangagwa won't take Zimbabwe anywhere'

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 67 Views

Military rifle recovered from poachers

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 67 Views

MDC led council not going back on tariff increase

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 57 Views

Mnangagwa told to be realistic

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 69 Views

'Wanton price hikes signify indiscipline'

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 67 Views

Where is Mnangagwa taking us to?

by Eddie Cross | 22 April 2019 | 78 Views

Rank marshal jailed over witchcraft rant

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 67 Views

Bosso brace for Triangle

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 61 Views

Confusion over Sadomba suspension

by Staff reporter | 22 April 2019 | 55 Views