MPs want Cuthbert Dube indicted

HARARE - Lawmakers yesterday demanded that former Premier Services Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube be prosecuted for misappropriation of clients’ funds.

Dube and his PSMAS board chairperson Meisie Makeletso Namasasu were relieved of their duties on Monday by the company board.

Ruth Labode, non-constituency MP and chairperson of the Health and Child Welfare parliamentary portfolio committee, noted the decision of the PSMAS board to retire the CEO with possible benefits, but recommended that “he must be prosecuted for theft or misappropriation of member’s funds.”

The legislators also called for a probe into the donations that were made to Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) by Dube, who is the football mother body’s chairperson and Mavis Gumbo, a PSMAS senior staffer, Zifa board member and chairperson of women’s football.

“In light of these anomalies, the committee calls for a government to order a forensic audit into PSMAS funds’ handling, given its public service interest and the numerous donations to entities like Zifa, which Dube and Gumbo made,” Labode, who is a medical doctor by profession, said.

“The committee notes with concern the  inter-linkages  and recurrence  of similar names like Cuthbert Dube and Mavis Gumbo in  PSMAS, Zifa and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC Holdings) all being troubled  institutions  with reported gross abuse of  public funds by top management,” Labode said.

Labode was supported by Peter Mataruse, MP for Chinhoyi and Aldrin Musiiwa, MP for Chakari, who are also medical doctors. They spoke passionately on the challenges being faced by PSMAS members in accessing medical aid and its inability to pay medical suppliers.

The committee also recommended that the entire PSMAS board be blacklisted from sitting on any public institution’s board.

Dube was reportedly  earning a basic monthly salary of $230 000, with other eight senior directors earning $60 000 each per month, at a time the organisation owed service  providers $38 million in unpaid bills.

The embattled medical aid society mainly caters for civil servants and uniformed forces who make monthly subscriptions.

Comments (8)

"A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked"

Overcomer - 29 January 2014

Please Daily News pursue and expose the corrupt salaries of the management in other other parastatals such as ZIMRA, NASSA, ZINARA, NRZ, etc. After all has been said and done the management in all parastatals and government should not earn more than $5000. If the country has any political leadership $5000 should be the ceiling of any profit making government company. The management of companies that have been bailed out year in and year out should be earning just like any other civil servant.

Nkosi Mambo - 29 January 2014

Parks mayisiirei.It maybe second from PSMAS

comrade - 29 January 2014

Is it enough u tell the Nation that Dube has been fired and Muchechetere is suspended? What has happened to the Enrichment Law? Are they going to keep the properties they acquired so diabolically?

Mudzonga - 29 January 2014

Ku Zimra, Zinara,Nassa, kune Nyaya Hombe, Ma journo imbo tambirai ikoko, tinzwe shura padunhu.

chama - 29 January 2014

Ku Zimra, Zinara,Nassa, kune Nyaya Hombe, Ma journo imbo tambirai ikoko, tinzwe shura padunhu.

chama - 29 January 2014

The Zanu circus unfolds, kikikiki. Where these packages not approved by a board! So why are they being made out like Dube etc just decided to pay themselves such amounts

fari - 29 January 2014

As a Pensioner having monthly subscriptions paid to PSMAS, wHO IS NOW GOING TO PAY OUR MONTHLY MEDICAL PESCRIPTIONSand necessary Doctor visits as we cannot without the PSMAS. i PERSONALLY HAVE PAID SINCE 1965 when i first joined government service .i hope yuo can let us know when the PSMAS will be re registered for operation Regards M.Thomas

m thomas - 30 January 2014

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