Mandishona deserved to go: Psmas

HARARE - Zimbabwe's biggest medical insurance company, Premier Medical Aid Society says the dismissal of its former managing director Henry Mandishona, for gross incompetence, abuse of office and insubordination among a litany of charges, has no connection to a forensic audit report whose findings will be made public soon.

Of late, there have been attempts to portray Mandishona as a sacrificial lamb, who was being victimised   for trying to implement the audit report but the board clarified that the former Psmas managing director had actually committed serious offences in the few months that he was in charge.

The board maintained that it was their mandate, not Mandishona’s, to implement findings amid allegations that the fired managing director had hoodwinked some government officials to believe that he was being haunted because he was planning on taking action on the forensic audit.

In a statement yesterday, Psmas said they hoped to move on with improving service delivery having buried the Mandishona issue.

“The disciplinary authority appointed by the society to determine the charges of misconduct levelled against its managing director, Mr Henry Mandishona sat on Monday, 16 and Tuesday, 17 November 2015 to hear the matter.

“Following due process, a determination was made and made available to the Society on Tuesday November 24, 2015,” reads part of the statement.

Mandishona was found guilty on the majority of the charges levelled against him and was subsequently dismissed from Psmas notwithstanding his attempts to have his fate determined by a labour arbitrator.

“On November 26, 2015, the society’s board of directors convened an urgent meeting to consider the determination and recommendations of the disciplinary authority aforesaid before unanimously endorsing the same.

“Mr Mandishona has since been advised of his dismissal from employment.

“There has been an unfortunate tendency in some circles to create a relationship between Mr Mandishona’s disciplinary issues and the forensic audit report compiled by Ernst & Young, issues which otherwise have no relationship whatsoever.

“In this regard, the society wishes to advise its members and stakeholders that the board is almost through with studying the voluminous report and that once this process is finalised, appropriate action will be taken,” reads part of the statement.

While Mandishona’s camp is set to argue that Psmas is now rushing to say government has no say in their operations yet they campaigned for a Presidential decree to save their property from being auctioned, those for the medical insurer are explaining that because the organisation has 800 000 members, government had to assist in the public interest.

Normalcy seemed to have returned to Psmas during Mandishona’s suspension, but he reportedly went on a massive campaign among politicians for his reinstatement resulting in government illegally issuing the directive.

But the board stood its ground, meaning Mandishona was due to appear for a disciplinary hearing which he postponed at least three times although he then rushed to the ministry of Labour, claiming that 30 days had elapsed without his case being heard.

“He was given his hearing date on the same day he applied for the hearing which was rather strange because some people actually die without getting the chance having spent many years waiting for the chance to have their cases heard.

“The board decided to proceed with the hearing after noticing that Mandishona was playing a cat and mouse game and delaying as much as possible until he received the lifeline from the ministry of Labour.

“Tomorrow (today) was due to be his hearing day but now circumstances have changed, he has been fired. Maybe he will have to go and file again appealing against being fired as he is no longer on suspension.

“We hope this has put to rest the problems at Psmas so that they move forward to perform their mandate of delivering health service.

“Surely, a whole organisation of 800 000 members cannot collapse because of one person,” said a Psmas official.

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