Kasukuwere devices fresh plan to attack Shingi Mutasa over BP takeover deal
Harare -The BP and Shell Zimbabwe Company has been dragged to court by its employees for the company’s refusal to allow them a buy-in after it sold the entire shareholding to a prominent Harare businessman Shingi Mutasa.
In their court papers filed to the labour court whose case is going to be heard next week, the affected 93 employees argue that the company did not consult them when it wanted to sell the shares.
Shingi Mutasa (pictured) is the businessman behind the ownership of the just opened multimillion dollar Joina City business complex in Harare.
“Hardly any consultation was done by the employer as it was negotiating this particular sale. It is our submitted position that employees should have been consulted in line with the labour Act section 25.
“It is therefore our submission that this matter should urgently be addressed so as to regularise the anomalies noted before the transfer is sanctioned to avoid our clients from being prejudiced in any way and at the same time have their rights to protected as enshrined in the labour Act, “ read part of the employees’ submissions to the labour court.
The submissions have since been also presented to the office of the President and copied to Energy and power Development Ministry, Kasukuwere’s Indigenisation and Empowerment ministry, and the BP and Shell management.
Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, an oil mogul and Zanu PF stalwart is also interested in the assets of BP and Shell.
According to court records BP and Shell Zimbabwe sold shares to FMI Zimbabwe (Private) Limited without notifying its employees. The company only notified its workers through a letter which was signed by company representatives together with FMI Zimbabwe representatives of which Shingi Mutasa is the owner.(ZimEye, Zimbabwe)