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    ZISMIWU factions saga spills into High Court


    CHIREDZI – Factions fighting to control the Zimbabwe Sugar Industry Workers Union (ZISMIWU) have dragged each other to the High Court in Masvingo seeking different orders.
    The union's president Freedom Madungwe filed an urgent chamber application for an interdict while a group led by Godfrey Katerere filed an application for a Declaratory Order.
    According to case number HC27/16 ZISMIWU being represented by Madungwe as president seeks to bar Katerere, Tavonga Vandirayi, Brawl Chikandiwa and Faster Gono from interfering with ZISMIWU business and to stop representing the union. The application said the actions of the four who were expelled from ZISMIWU resulted in the suspension of the 2016-2017 collective bargaining process and that affected 16 000 A and B employees of Tongaat Hullet.
    "Applicant stands to suffer irreparable harm if the four proceed to stall day to day operations of the organisation. The respondents are tempering with the applicant`s assets and misappropriating funds as well. It is imperative that this application be heard on the basis of urgency so that the harm may be avoided.
    "The four continue to write documents in the name of ZISMIWU. They continue writing letters purporting to dismiss the president acts which is invalid. Chikandiwa is still in possession of a union vehicle and the application is on the verge of losing its membership due to the four`s conduct," reads the interdict filed by Mangwana and Partners on behalf of Madungwe.
    The other faction filed for a Declaratory Order Case Number HC10757/16 and they used ZISMIWU as an applicant and Lucia Chirhelele an executive committee member represented them. Madungwe is the first respondent with Ecobank and Employment Council for the Sugar Industry being second and third respondents respectively.
    "On October 8, 2016 Madungwe was expelled from the union and second and third respondents were notified of the expulsion. Disgruntled by his expulsion Madungwe has been circulating false information that he is still the president and that he has replaced three of the elected executive members. It is necessary that this Honourable Court pronounces that the remaining five national executive members namely Godfrey Katerere, Lucia Chirhlele, Braul Chikandiwa, Tavonga Vandirai and Nokuthula Dube constitutionally represent the union" reads part of the Declartory Order filed by Mutumbwa and Mugabe Legal Practitioners of behalf of a faction led by Katerere. local news
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