THE deputy sheriff again tried to attach MDC- T president Morgan Tsvangirai’s personal property at his Highlands home and his party property at Harvest House, today.
“This is despite the existence of an urgent chamber application for stay of execution that is still pending at the High Court,” says MDC –T spokesperson Obert Gutu in a press statement released this evening.
Gutu says officials from the Deputy Sheriff’s office, again with the State media and armed riot police in tow, forced their way into Tsvangirai’s Highlands home and started taking office furniture and other personal property.
“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,” says Gutu adding that there is also an interpleader application that was filed at the High Court clearly submitting that the 14 former employees were MDC employed and not Tsvangirai’s as an individual .
“ As such, there is absolutely no factual and/or legal basis upon which the Deputy Sheriff could proceed to attach and remove President Tsvangirai’s personal household property,” he says.
Gutu says his party successfully won a stay of execution at the Labour Court in June this year and Tsvangirai filed an inter-pleader application that clearly established that his personal property should not be attached and removed in execution of a debt allegedly owed by the MDC.
Gutu argues that Tsvangirai and the MDC are two separate and distinct legal person
Yet again, the MDC strongly condemns the nefarious and malicious attempt to needlessly dramatize the labour dispute, particularly the involvement of armed riot police and the attempt to attach the President’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.