Psmas boss remains suspended

HARARE - Top medical insurer, Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) has reversed the decision to reinstate managing director Henry Mandishona as the chaos caused by two ministers who interfered in the Psmas saga rages on.

This follows a High Court suit filed by a Psmas member this week challenging Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa’s decision to reinstate Mandishona even though he was facing various acts of misconduct ranging from financial mismanagement and insubordination. Mandishona was due for hearing when Parirenyatwa and Mupfumira interfered and ordered the board to reinstate him before hearing.

In his suit, Psmas member Emmanuel Jevane Mwale cited Parirenyatwa, Public Service minister Prisca Mupfumira, Mandishona and Psmas board of directors as respondents.

Mwale argued that Parirenyatwa and Mupfumira’s directive was unlawful and reeked of corruption.

In a statement issued yesterday by Psmas board chairman Jeremiah Bvirindi and secretary Cosmas Mukwesha,  the officials said the decision to uphold Mandishona’s suspension was taken on October 26 at a board meeting held in Mutare.

“Following events that took place after the board’s sitting on October 20, 2015 particularly the court action taken by Mr Emmanuel Jevane Mwale, a society member under case number NC 2778/2015, the board hereby rescinds the position it took at the meeting of the 20th October 2015 aforesaid and now resolves to proceed with the disciplinary proceedings currently underway against the society’s managing director, Mr Henry Mandishona,” the Psmas statement said.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Mandishona shall remain on suspension under the same terms and conditions as contained in the board chairman’s letter to him dated 4 September 2015 until the disciplinary proceedings referred to in paragraph 1 above are brought to finality.”

Mwale was also seeking an order barring Parirenyatwa and Mupfumira from interfering with Psmas’ operations and that disciplinary action is taken against Mandishona.

According to the charges levelled against Mandishona contained in his suspension letter, he engaged a head of finance and a human resources manager without following due procedure.

“That you guaranteed the two persons referred to (human resources and finance manager) permanent employment with the society, notwithstanding the possibility of either or both failing to meet the Society (Psmas) requirements and expectations during probation,” reads part of the suspension letter.

According to the letter, Mandishona paid obscene sums to the duo even before they had finished their probation. The suspension letter also says Mandishona prejudiced Psams of $126 538 through “donations not authorised by the board”.

“This comes at a time when the Society is financially crippled. You even allowed one of the donations to be paid the sum of $18 860 twice,” reads part of the letter.

Among other charges Mandishona paid $48 460 to “LASOF leadership institute” and for training of its members yet no training took place, the letter alleges.

He is also alleged to have paid $65 000 to MaCoTra and Chess Employment without authorisation of the board.

Mandishona, without board approval, assumed the title group managing director and even increased his salary from $13 000 to $19 350, the board alleges.

Comments (9)

Corruption in Zimbabwe stinks. The papers report it daily, bloggers write about it and so on but it rages on. It will not stop untill something big is done politically. All these hearing and staff will come to nothing. Everyone is connected. Each organisation bleeds...the people bleed and in no time and eventually we will hear the government has assumed the debt of such and such parastatal.... It stinks!!!

George C - 30 October 2015

I think Parirenyatwa should just fire the whole board and start afresh.Why is that this board is so eager to fire Mandishona and appoint a new person .The Chairman is against Mandishona personally.Kana munhu apinda musaite jealous muchapindawo rimwe zuva.PSMAS is being haunted by Casbert ghost.

The Herald Today - 31 October 2015

This Mandishona is a strong connection of the First Prostitute. Forget about him being kicked out.

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profashaf - 2 November 2015

this Bvirindi defiance should be investigated further. we have confidence in Ministers Parirenyatwa and Mupfumira. why is Bvirindi being adamant to Mandishona's reinstatement. its becoming clear by each day that the cabal of corrupt fraudsters masquerading as a PSMAS Board and Executives as well PSMI MD are trying by all possible means to stop Mandishona's ascendance to the helm of PSMAS. All the same, there is no dog that hunts down an elephant nomatter how voiceful it may bark. obviously I have no confidence in this board commencing on a so-called "discplinary hearing" on Mandishona because the outcome will be preconceived- they will fire him for no apparent reason. no wonder why gvt had to intervene. we seek further gvt intervention. the Board has failed us as PSMAS clients. we cnt continue under an incompetent acting MD. we need a substantive one.

DIVA - 3 November 2015

The 2 Ministers (Parirenyatwa and Mupfumira) whose directive is being defied are senior government officials who in any way are representing the full voice of government. defying them is tantamount to defying the gvt. why can't Bvirindi and his board respect these authorities whom we have confidence and respect in? Minister Parirenyatwa has successfully managed Zimbabwe's health care system for a while. In terms of health care management in Zim, we can't ignore the efforts of Dr. Stamps as well as Dr. Parirenyatwa. He can't direct a reinstatement in someone whom he has no confidence in and track record of. Bvirindi's resistance proves that Mandishona has a professional beauty that makes him (Bvirindi) ugly. Government can't this "pretending to be defiant" board Chair be fired?? we need a substantive MD at PSMAS. its time up for drama. Munyonga can't lead PSMAS especially having failed competence tests. a medical doctor needs at least a management qualification to steer forward the fortunes of a large organisation like the one in question. he is an MBCHB degree holder. at least a Masters in Management (MBA, MBL, MSC SM) is required for the MD position either in Acting capacity or in substantive capacity. TIME UP FOR DRAMA. LET'S EVICT THE DRAMA SCRIPT WRITER- BVIRINDI.

Justice Justice - 3 November 2015

Why is it that there is loapsided application of the forced leave/ suspension policy at PSMAS? Bvirindi makes himself an incompetent corporate governance implementer and an epitome of an ironic board Chair if he upholds Mandishona's suspension whilst protecting Munyonga, Mutasa, Gumbo, Mukwesha etc who were implicated in the forensic audit as serious and serial fraudsters. Honestly some a cabal of corrupt executives swindles over a million dollars each and they remain on duty. in protecting these fraudsters it becomes undeniable that Bvirindi is in this syndicate of fraudsters. it seems he was handsomely paid for the "job well done" he is doing. How can someone resist smelling a rate in this PSMAS saga? It is clear that Bvirindi and his executives are blocking Mandishona who is a genuine messiah for PSMAS. they know that his ascendance will ultimately lead to their firing. How can you defy the government's directive nhai Bvirindi. I don't think the whole board upholds Mandishona's suspension!!! I FORESEE A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE AGAINST THE CHAIR.

Peace Shamiso - 3 November 2015

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