By Fareeza Haniff
[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
- Damages in excess of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) for breach of contract.
- 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.