FIFTY-FIVE law officers with the Attorney-General’s office have sued Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa seeking the reinstatement of their transp
ort allowances which were abruptly terminated last month.
In an urgent chamber application filed through their lawyers, Mtetwa & Nyambirai, the law officers also cited as respondents Justice ministry permanent secretary, David Mangota, Labour minister Nicholas Goche, Public Service Commission chairperson Mariyawanda Nzuwa, Finance minister Herbert Murerwa and manager of the Salary Service Bureau.
The AG staffers said the allowances were removed from their salaries without notice in July and were not included in their August salaries.
They added that a directive to freeze transport allowances issued by Nzuwa’s secretary had no legal basis and was based on a false premise.
The allowances were terminated on the basis that there was a bus to ferry the law officers to work and that chief law officers had been issued with cars. The applicants dispute this.
“The correct facts are as follows,” they say, “No chief law officers have been allocated motor vehicles as claimed by second respondent (Mangota).”
“There is no 100-seater bus for the exclusive use of employees in the Attorney-General’s department,” said one of the officers, Mary Maunga, in her affidavit.
She added that there was a 60-seater bus which services south-western suburbs only leaving law officers in the eastern and northern suburbs with no transport.
“The 60-seater bus is used by all Ministry of Justice employees who are on that route, including magistrates and it is difficult to understand why only the applicants are being penalised. The bus is not, in any event, available on a daily basis,” she said.