MPs want action against Psmas board

HARARE - Members of Parliament yesterday took a government minister to task over the ongoing salary saga at the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas), demanding that action be taken against some errant board members.

Ruth Labode, an MDC MP, set the ball rolling during the minister’s question time, questioning whether government was going to move in and address the crises at Psmas. 

She made reference to a story broken by the Daily News yesterday, that presidential spokesperson George Charamba was sitting on at least eight of the 13 committees, where members awarded themselves hefty sitting allowances.

“We are reading in the Daily News that there is a board member who also benefited, sitting in many board meetings and he is now saying his hands were tied.  We have Luxon Zembe,  Psmas new chairman who was also in the board that was approving salaries of Psmas managers. Was there no crime committed at Psmas?”

Tapiwa Matangaidze, Zanu PF MP for Shurugwi South, asked what course of action was going to be taken by government in addressing the problems affecting Psmas.

But Fortune Chasi, deputy minister of Justice, said the matter did not fall under his portfolio, saying the ministry of Health would be the appropriate portfolio to answer that answer.

“I am not able to comment on these issues as they fall within the ministry of Health,” Chasi said.

“However, I know that government is looking at that issue and at the relevant time we shall know what action is being taken.”

Meanwhile, the Senate yesterday approved the 2014 Finance Bill but MDC legislators withheld support from the Appropriation Bill, arguing that allocations made by minister of Finance Patrick Chinamasa to various ministries were not enough and the budget was not pro-poor.

Comments (4)

vanhu vemuzimbwabwe mese murimarabishi you must all get arrested how can someone gets a million $ per month when you claim to be under sanctions . MR Commander in chief lets have Salary controls.Your economy no one must get salary above $8000 in zimbabwe whether CEO or or any minister.look your civil servents including your educated perm secretary they get $500 less than$1000 thus reasoble amount for that economy. Mr comander in chief musanyegerere munhu wether its e palastatal or municipality dzingai imbwa dzese masalaries ngaaenderane ne economy yenyika yedu. vanhu varikutambura .vanoda mari idzodzo ngavaende ku America vandopiwe mari idzodzo. Munyika yamai Gushungo apa tinoda Kuona simba renyu chairo chairo nekuti apa paita vasveta simba

dofo - 6 February 2014

Its high time Zimbabweans stopped being intellectual debaters, we now need vigilantes, people ready to take action thats pure apolitical (forget MDC,ZAPU,etc) but action that will save our poor people. Those looters need to know that they wont be able to walk outside their doors neither will their families no matter where they are in this country. We need that!!

jairirayi - 7 February 2014

Bob imhata

Pfumo - 7 February 2014

I shudder to think of how many paying members of PSMAS could have been denied medical help and subsequently died in the past few months because PSMAS was not able to pay doctors their dues while Dube and his executive engorged themselves on these impoverished people's subscriptions.

Judea Mgutshini - 7 February 2014

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