Deputy sheriff raids Tsvangirai again

The deputy sheriff today unsuccessfully attempted to attach property belonging to MDC-T president, Morgan Tsvangirai. The attempt is the second in a week following a labour dispute in which some former employees of the party are claiming unfair dismissal. The deputy sheriff raided Tsvangirai’s Highlands home as well Harvest House, the party headquarters. According to

Tsvangirai-Highlands-mansionThe deputy sheriff today unsuccessfully attempted to attach property belonging to MDC-T president, Morgan Tsvangirai.

The attempt is the second in a week following a labour dispute in which some former employees of the party are claiming unfair dismissal.

The deputy sheriff raided Tsvangirai’s Highlands home as well Harvest House, the party headquarters.

According to a statement by MDC-T national spokesperson, Obert Gutu, the raids have happened despite the existence of an urgent chamber application for stay of execution that is still pending at the High Court.

He insisted that Tsvangirai was not party to the labour dispute.

‘There is also an interpleader application that was filed at the High Court clearly submitting that the 14 former employees were employed by the MDC and not by President Morgan Tsvangirai in his personal capacity.

“As such, there is absolutely no factual and/or legal basis upon which the deputy sheriff could proceed to attach and remove…Tsvangirai’s personal household property.

The deputy sheriff was accompanied by anti-riot police and reporters from the government-controlled media.

He tried to remove some property from the Highlands house and Harvest House, according to Gutu.

“At Harvest House, they almost took away all motor vehicles that were parked outside Harvest House as part of the settlement of money that is allegedly owed to former party workers.

“The attachment and removal of the party’s assets was, however, stopped because of the pending legal processes,” said Gutu.

On 3 June 2015, the MDC won a stay of execution at the Labour Court.

“The MDC believes in the rule of law and respects the judiciary as an important, independent arm of the State.

“We also laud the deputy sherriff’s decision not to proceed with the attachment and removal of property that had become unnecessary in light of the pending legal processes,” said Gutu.

“Yet again, the MDC strongly condemns the nefarious and malicious attempt to needlessly dramatise the labour dispute, particularly the involvement of armed riot police and the attempt to attach the president’s (Tsvangirai’s) private property when papers before the court clearly spelt out that he was not party to the dispute between the MDC as an employer and its former employees,” he added.

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