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‘They have not yet processed the terminal benefits and pension’- Chidyausiku’s widow

The late former Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku’s wife, Farai, has approached the High Court seeking an order to compel the Judicial Service Commission (Jsc) to facilitate payment of her husband’s terminal benefits and pension contributions by the government.

Through her lawyers, Rubaya and Chatambudza, Farai said the latter’s employer, have refused to pay the terminal benefits and pension contributions, 12 months after the death of her husband despite her being the only surviving spouse of the former Chief Justice.

In the application, the Jsc, Pension Master, Pay Master and the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (Ziyambi Ziyambi), were referred to as respondents.

“The second and third respondents (Pension Master, Pay Master) despite being aware that I am the only surviving spouse have refused, failed or neglected to pay out the pension to me. They have not processed the terminal benefits and pension,”

Farai also said she customarily married the late former Chief Justice in 2009 and stayed with him until his untimely death on May 3, 2017 at the age of 70.

To reinforcement her claims Farai attached her diplomatic passport to the application and said she used to accompany the late Chief Justice on his official business with the blessing of the Cabinet.

On March 18, 2014 I (Farai) was issued with a diplomatic passport as the spouse of the late (Chidyausiku). The diplomatic passport was issued at the request of the late that I be issued with same…during the tenure of office of the late as Chief Justice of the Republic, I would accompany the late on all official trips in my capacity as the spouse,” she said.

According to  court papers,Farai also said, when the late Chief Justice Chidyausiku retired from his position, he allegedly completed a pension form, namely (PDI) in terms of which he declared and confirmed her as his spouse.

If the second respondent is not compelled I continue to suffer unconscionable harm because the second respondent is disentitling me to that which I am entitled to yet the second respondent has no acceptable reason to withhold the said pension,” Farai said.

Farai said adding she had been checking with the relevant offices but nothing seems to materialise hence the move to approach the court.

The matter is yet to be set down for hearing.

 

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