Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
The Labour Court has granted the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission permission to approach the Supreme Court and contest an arbitrary award of US$1,5 million made in favour to its 26 investigators and intelligence officers as outstanding allowances.
ZACC’s appeal had been struck off the roll at the Supreme Court, but the commission successfully launched a second bid to have its matter heard at the superior court.
The anti-graft body is also challenging the writ of execution that the workers obtained at the High Court to attach the property to recover money owed to them.
On the other hand, the workers have launched an application at the High Court seeking to go ahead and attach the property pending the appeal by ZACC.
Labour Court judge Justice Lillian Kudya ruled in favour of the commission after convincing arguments by Advocate Thabani Mpofu and Mr Itai Ndudzo of Mtamangira and Associates who represented ZACC.
Mr Joel Mambara of Mambara and Partners acted for the workers.
Justice Kudya found merits in the application and ordered each party to bear its own costs.
“For the forgoing reasons, the court is satisfied that the instant case is a good case for grant of leave (to appeal), but with each party bearing its own costs,” he said.
“It is hereby ordered that application for leave to appeal to Supreme Court being merited, it be and is hereby granted.”