Chief Murinye sued for US$41 400

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Chiredzi – One of Masvingo’s powerful traditional leaders, Chief Ephias Munodawafa Murinye is being sued for US$41 400 by a man who claims that he worked for him for four years without being paid his salary.

Charles Mathe says in his court documents that he was employed by Zikrag Investments Private Limited which he says is owned by Murinye.

Mathe also says that Murinye has not been coming to court to face trial despite several summons served on him.
However, called by The Mirror for a comment Chief Murinye said he never employed Mathe and he did not at any one time have an employment contract with him.

Asked why he has not been attending court cases, Chief Murinye said that the question was not for the reporter but for the Magistrate to ask.

According to papers in the hands of The Mirror, Mathe who resides at Lot 1 Shola Park Karoi is suing Murinye, the owner of Zikrag Investments located at 305 Empowerment Drive Willovale Harare for contravening Section 12(1) of the Labour Act.

The papers indicate that in March 2015 Mathe got a job from ZIKRAG which was contracted by Tongaat Hullett in Chiredzi as a transport and logistics manager.

He was supposed to get US$900 per month starting from March 2015 but he worked up to August 2018 without receiving any salary from Zikrag.

In August 2018, Zikrag employed Precious Mtetwa for the same position held by Mathe and notified Tongaat that they should no longer deal with Mathe but the newly appointed Mtetwa and this saw Mathe losing his job.

Mathe wrote a letter to Zikrag demanding his salaries but this was not responded to.

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