Nssa executives fight 'dismissals'

HARARE - National Social Security Authority (Nssa) top executives who were sacked last week by the national insurer’s board, have challenged their retrenchment, saying it was in violation of the Labour Act.

This comes as it emerged that the board announced to the media that it had cut ties with the executives yet in fact, it had entered into discussions to agree on retrenchment packages.

Nssa wrote to the five executives, advising them to enter into discussions with their lawyers — Dube, Manikai and Hwacha — last Friday at 12:00pm, four days after announcing they had cut loose the quartet.

On Tuesday, Nssa board announced it had axed general manager James Matiza, together with four other executives, Tendai Mafunda (corporate services director), Patrick Mapani (finance director), Bright Chidyagwai (ICT director) and Shadreck Vera (investments director) in a restructuring exercise.

But the executives snubbed Nssa and their lawyers on Friday — electing to challenge the retrenchment process which they argued was tantamount to unfair termination of their contracts of employment.

“Our clients instruct us to respectfully enlighten you that they are vigorously challenging the justification for the retrenchment process which the employer has instituted against them,” said Matsikidze and Mucheche Attorneys, who are representing the executives.

The matter has been lodged with the Labour Court.

“Also, our clients further contend that the same retrenchment process is a violation of their fundamental labour rights embedded in terms of section 65 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.  Given the tripartite composition the National Social Security Authority which comprises of government, labour and business, our clients reasonably expected and still expect the employer to respect the labour laws of Zimbabwe in the principal of fairness before embarking on a retrenchment exercise.”

“For starters, the employer unilaterally imposed retrenchment upon our clients without first exploring the legal route of retrenchment measure as provided for in terms of section 12D of the Labour Act Chapter 28:01. In the same vein, our clients further instruct that the employer violated their legitimate legal right to participate in any decision affecting their interest at the workplace as provided for in terms of section 2A (1) (c) of the Labour Act in the manner in which it has arbitrarily imposed the retrenchment.”

The shake-up came as Nssa — with over $1,1 billion assets under its watch — is under fire from hard-hit pensioners whose monthly pay-outs are way below the poverty datum line despite investments undertaken by the organisation in failed banks and counters listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.

Nssa has interests in 53 of the 59 companies listed on the local bourse, holding at least 10 percent shareholding in 12 listed counters.

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Comments (3)

NASSA must just give these guys 3 months notice. Please do not intertain any drivel from these incompetent managers. Infact, they should have been fired long back for incompetence. Especially the investment manager. The nation does not require their incompetent and soemhow warped brains

Danai Pazvagozha - 27 October 2015

Those useless NSSA managers must go. It is very very difficult for one to apply and get their pension at NSSA, worse if they are dead. we tried to apply for my father's pension but in vain. you go today, you are told a lot of stories and start the process over and over again. Those are thieves they have ruined that organisation. They should not waste their time because Labour is against them big time. they deduct our monies every month, but look at the payout, its peanuts. Go quietly guys

mOMBE - 27 October 2015

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