Chiyangwa to lose properties, court rules

The High Court on Monday threw out a bid by Crittal Hope Private Limited, a company linked to businessman Mr Philip Chiyangwa, to stop the removal and auctioning of the firm’s attached property over a $384 000 debt.

Eighteen former Crittal Hope workers, who were retrenched in 2012, successfully sued their employer through their lawyers Mr Caleb Mucheche and Advocate Thabani Mpofu over unpaid packages.

They obtained a writ of execution against the company and attachment was stopped after Crittal Hope filed an urgent chamber application barring the attachment process and subsequent auctioning of the property. 

Mr Mucheche and Advocate Mpofu on Monday convinced the court to throw out the interdict.

Justice Happias Zhou dismissed the application for lack of merit, a development that clears the way for the deputy sheriff to execute.

The High Court in September, registered an arbitral award for payment of the money by Arbitrator Mr Joel Mambara.

Mr Joel Mambara in December last year awarded the retrenched workers packages ranging from $2 600 to $58 000 each.

On October 30 2012, Crittal Hope, which was struggling to pay its workers, got a ministerial order to retrench the 18 workers.

Payment of the packages was to be done within six months from the date of issuance of the order.

By the end of April last year, Crittal Hope had not paid the packages in question, resulting in the workers taking the matter for conciliation and finally arbitration.

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