Court broker impounds Dodoma meat company vehicles

09Mar 2016
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Court broker impounds Dodoma meat company vehicles

THE Dodoma based Tanzania Meat Company Limited (TMC) is tangled in a legal battle with its former employees, with the latter yesterday deciding to tow away two company vehicles to repay arrears.

Over twenty former employees of the meat company marched to the company at around midday accompanied by a court broker who was to oversee the operation after TMC failed to comply with court orders to pay the workers.

The action was reached after the company failed to implement a court ruling ordering it to pay over 28m/- to fourteen workers retrenched five years ago.

On February 29 the High Court labour division issued a warrant of attachment of movable property in execution of a decree for money for four vehicles belonging to TMC.

“Whereas above judgment as ordered by decree of this court dated on the 28th day of March 2014 in the above suite to pay the above named decree holders the sum Tshs 27,339,500 as noted in the margin,” the order read in part.

“And whereas the sum of shillings 27,339,500 has not been paid, these are to command you to attach the movable property of the said judgment debtor as set forth in the schedule hereto or which shall be pointed out to you by said decree holder...

And unless the said debtor shall pay you the sum of 27,339,500 together with your own cost of this attachment to hold the same until further order from this court” reads the order signed by Deputy Registrar D.R Lyimo.

In the second order, the Kondoa Auction Mart and Court Brokers, also implementers of the first order was commanded to act as TMC, the decree debtor failed to pay, one Emanuel Laurent John, the decree holder sum of shillings 11,303,900.

TMC acting General Manager, Hamisi Kissoy declined to talk to the press on the matter saying he is not the company’s spokesperson.

“The company is in the process to pay the amount of money as ordered by the court except that there are some small issues to be sorted out,” he said, declining to elaborate further on the matter.

Speaking on behalf of the former workers, Juma Athuman said they were pleased with the court order after five years of struggling to get their rights.

“We are pleased by the court judgment and the company’s failure to pay us as stated in the order has forced us to take other actions which through the court again has allowed the vehicles to be under court brokers,” he said.