Business came to a standstill at Marondera Town Council offices today after scores of disgruntled retrenched workers camped outside the offices demanding their outstanding retrenchment packages.

Police details were seen milling around monitoring the situation as more than 60 former workers, who were retrenched in January last year, peacefully demonstrated by camping outside the offices.

Workers representative, Mr Taurai Gumbodete and one retrenched worker, Clinton Gami accused the council of having bungled the retrenchment exercise and failing to honour their promises.

Marondera Mayor, Councilor Anthony Makwindi referred all questions to the Town Clerk, Josiah Musuwo before he left his offices in a huff with the former employees in hot pursuit, hurling insults at him.

Musuwo, who was not at work, was not picking up his mobile phone when contacted by the ZBC News.

In January last year, Marondera municipality retrenched 63 workers including those in middle management after securing a US$2,1m to pay off the employees.

It is said that the amount was enough to pay off the initially targeted number of 100 workers.