The Industrial Relations Court (IRC) has ordered president of National Salvation Front (Nasaf), James Nyondo, to pay former national campaign director Baman Zgambo his dues totalling K426 000 (about $1 250) and meet the costs of the his court action.
The IRC made the default judgement after Nasaf failed to submit its defence on the matter with 14 days.
The claim dated 1 November 2013 states that Zgambo was officially employed as national campaign director for the party on June 9 2012, but he only received his salary of K100 000 (about $250) per month for a few months.
After nine months without pay, Zgambo resigned from the party, but has been approaching the party to pay him his dues to no avail.
The default judgement dated January 8 2014 reads: “No defence having been served and time for so serving the defence having since expired, it is hereby ordered that the defendant do pay the plaintiff the sum of K426 000 being withheld wages and costs of this action to be taxed.”
The court has since ordered the Sheriff of Malawi to pounce on Nyondo and recover Zgambo’s money through the seizure and sale of his goods.
But the party’s treasurer general Pastor Changa described as an unfair the passing of the judgement in their absence because they were not aware there was such a claim.
But Changa had earlier said the party was ready to pay Zgambo his dues, but he just needed to be patient.
Nyondo has been outside the country for some time and all his contacts provided have not been reachable.
The court was not able to serve the claim on Nyondo and his Nasaf because their offices could not be located.