PPP member sues Gov’t for $1.7M; claims wrongful termination of contract

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PPP Executive Zulfikar Mustapha

By Fareeza Haniff

Zulfikar Mustapha
Zulfikar Mustapha

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Another member of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party has sued the APNU+AFC government over the wrongful termination of his contract.

Zulfikar Mustapha, in a writ filed in the High Court against Attorney General, Basil Williams, claims that he [Mustapha] was the Community Relations Liaison Officer for Region Six and had a three year contract with the previous government, earning a monthly salary of $356,086.

According to the writ seen by iNews, the contract commenced from January 30, 2013 and is scheduled to end on January 29, 2016 but according to Mustapha, on May 29, he received a letter from Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, informing him that his contract was terminated with immediate effect.

As such, Mustapha is also suing the government in excess of $500,000 in damages for breach of contract. The PPP Candidate is claiming that his contract was terminated with immediate effect and therefore, he has not been given the three (3) months notice to which he is contractually entitled, nor was he permitted to take his vacation in accordance with clause five (5).

In this regard, he claims that he is entitled to the three months’ salary in lieu of that notice and pro-rated pay in lieu of his vacation. Mustapha is being represented by Former Attorney General, Mohabir Anil Nandlall, Mr. Euclin Gomes, Mr. Sase Gunraj and Mr. Manoj Narayan.

Particulars & Special Damage

  • Basic Salary= $356,086 × 3 months’ salary $1,068,258
  • 17 days annual leave for 2015 @ $11,706

per day                                                                 $   199,002   

                                                                                 $1,267,260

 

Special Damage

  • Damages in excess of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for breach of contract.

 

  1. WHEREFORE, the Plaintiff claims from the Defendant the following:
    • the sum of one million, two hundred and sixty-seven thousand, two hundred and sixty dollars ($1,267,260);
    • damages in excess of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for breach of contract;
    • interest at the rate of six percent (6%) per annum from the date of filing to the date of judgment and thereafter at the rate of four percent (4%) per annum until fully paid;
    • costs in the sum of three thousand, three hundred and fifty-five dollars ($3,355);
    • such further or other reliefs as the Court may deem just.

 

 

 

15 COMMENTS

  1. There are consequences for dismissal “without cause” and “with cause” must be proven. The burden of proof is on the employer that did the dismissing. In the end a court of law will decide.

  2. Shame, Shame Mustapha a high school dropout making $356,000,what a country to live in, stop going to America.
    Tiger 04

  3. Good riddance, you have a nerve to sue, didn’t you teef enough?…. All put in job they have no qualifications or experience in and enjoyed the spoils whilst the good times rolled…. Now get out with dignity, something I guess you have no knowledge of… Damn these people have no shame

  4. This guy was Regional Chairman for East Berbice until businessmen who were PPP supporters demanded that the government remove him and replace him with one of their fellow businessmen. They reluctantly removed him and in order to ease his embarrassment they created a position for him- that of Executive Secretary for the party. This is why he appears with Rohee at press briefings.
    It seems that they also created the position of Community Relations Liaison Officer to provide an income for him, ignoring the fact that he had acquired wealth mysteriously as regional chairman.He and Fazal Jafarally, a former barber who was heading NCN in East Berbice and who also became rich mysteriously were known as Mutt and Jeff in Berbice.
    That’s the PPP for you.

  5. I was always under the impression that you can be terminated for ‘good reason’, ‘bad reason’, or ‘no reason at all’. Unless you are a skilled professional.

  6. Square peg in round hole yes. Same reason Grennidge phoning Harper asking for advice on the border issue. He’s a square peg in a round hole!!!

  7. Mustapha,you have no class,self esteem ,pride nor dignity,move on,the baby party is over.Whats your academic qualifications?you guys should be ashamed of yourself and the PPP.yOU HAVE DONE IT ALL and now you are crying foul.When the PPP took office in 1992 and dismissed all the brillant professionals from the PNC did anyone took you guys to court????no because they have class and high moral values.Shame on you sir!move on and stop making yourself a monument of stupidity and bow out with grace

  8. Community Relations Liaison Officer for Region Six? What’s that? Why does a job like that merit a salary of $356,086? On another note read Freddy Kissoon’s column in today’s KN. This is double standard to say the least. Isn’t this guy a member of the same PPP who: 1.terminated Freddy’s contract at UG with just months remaining before the contract would have ended; dismissed many junior staff members from the GEA under the pretense of them failing a lie detector test; wrongfully dismissed the NBS managers; etc. etc. etc? Your PPP glasses you have on would not allow you to see this for what it is.

  9. Dumb move by dumb PNC member(s). Mustapha could have been given clear expectations and allowed to complete his contract as it was only 6 months remaining on same. The PNC will lose this one in court. But, they dont care. The people of Guyana will pay this dude. Meanwhile, another one of their dumb boys will get a hefty contract.

  10. What were these people contributing to the country while making all of this money? What were their job descriptions.

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