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Pasuwa takes Dynamos to court over $22,000


Demanding his dues ... Former Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa (left)

18/02/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Claims he is owed thousands by Dynamos ... Callisto Pasuwa
 
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FORMER Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa has taken the club to court demanding about $22,000 in outstanding salary and bonus payments.

The case is due to be heard at the Labour Court in Harare early next month.

The development comes after the club failed to meet a January 16 deadline to pay up issued by Pasuwa’s lawyers Coglan, Welsh and Guest.

Said the attorneys in the letter to Dynamos: “We represent your former coach Callisto Pasuwa and kindly note our interest.

“Our client informs us that he was engaged by Dynamos Football Club as a head coach from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2014.

“During this period, various monetary contractual obligations were not honoured by your club as shown by annexure B hereto attached, which was compiled by a Mr. Chikomo from your accounts office.

“We are instructed to demand, as we hereby do, the payment of US$18 954 being the capital due, interest of US$1 895.40 at 5% per annum and our collection commission of US$1 098.85 as prescribed by the Law Society of Zimbabwe by-laws. Total due is US$21 948.25.

“If we do not receive payment on or before 16 January 2015, we will be left with no option except to litigate and legal costs may be to your account.”


Pasuwa needs to return the club's assets ... Kenny Mubaiwa (left)

Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa acknowledged that the club owed its history-making former coach but added that Pasuwa was also still in possession of club assets.

“When he (Pasuwa) left the club he had some property that he had with him which he is still to hand back to the club. We were hoping that he would do a proper hand-over-and-take-over but that did not happen,” Mubaiwa told The Herald newspaper.

“We are now actually considering making a counter claim using the value of what we think he owes us.

“We are saying he must also acknowledge that he owes us some equipment and property, including a car, and we are saying we will work out how much we owe him if we subtract the value of the equipment he has.”

Pasuwa, 44, took over as Dynamos coach in August 2011 and went on to make history by winning four successive premiership championships before quitting when his contract expired last December.



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Mubaiwa blamed a communication breakdown for the stand-off with the coach.

“I think the biggest problem that is there is that of a breakdown in communication because when we looked for him he was nowhere to be found,” he said.

“So, from what I see, this matter can eventually be resolved amicably through communicating and unfortunately now we have to that communication before the legal experts in the court.

“We are prepared to resolve this matter and if we have money we will immediately pay him if we don’t we will make a payment.”


 
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