PSMAS reinstate Mandishona

Pamela Shumba Senior Reporter—
THE Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare has reinstated suspended Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) managing director, Henry Mandishona. Mandishona was suspended in November last year amid a slew of allegations that included alleged mismanagement, abuse of funds, unprocedural appointments and misconduct.

Mandishona’s lawyer, Innocent Chagonda of Harare law firm, Atherstone and Cook, confirmed that the Ministry had resolved that Mandishona had no case to answer.

Mandishona referred the matter to the Labour Ministry arguing that his employer had failed to conclude disciplinary proceedings against him within 30 days in line with provisions of the Labour Act.

“The determination by the Labour Ministry came on Friday. The labour relations officer dealing with the case determined on the substance of the allegations and concluded that Mandishona had no case to answer.

“He was therefore reinstated without loss of pay and benefits. The determination will go to the Labour Court for confirmation,” said Chagonda. PSMAS legal adviser Cosmas Mukwesha said he had not yet been informed of the latest development.

“I’m hearing it for the first time. I will probably have detailed information tomorrow,” said Mukwesha. According to the determination, which The Chronicle is in possession of, the labour officer only identified as L. Sigauke said: “To this end it is my determination that all the charges levelled against the claimant be and are hereby dismissed and the claimant is entitled to reinstatement back to his position without loss of pay and benefits.”

Two weeks ago, Mandishona’s legal representatives Atherstone and Cook wrote to the Ministry requesting the release of his ruling that was heard before the Labour Officer on December 18 last year.

According to a letter dated January 14, 2016 and addressed to Sigauke, the representatives requested the release of the ruling that was expected by the end of last month.

Sources within PSMAS said the medical insurer flighted an internal advertisement for a managing director, head of human resources and head of finance and administration last week. PSMAS also reportedly advertised the same vacancies through a recruitment agency, Proserve.

Legal experts described the move to replace the managing director as illegal as the labour dispute between Mandishona and PSMAS had not been settled.

Last year in October, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa and his counterpart in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Prisca Mupfumira directed that Mandishona should resume duty while a neutral arbiter was to be appointed to look at the issues raised against him.

The medical insurer’s board defied the two Ministers saying the move was illegal.

According to PSMAS, Mandishona was suspended for, among other charges, undercutting the board led by Jeremiah Bvirindi on important decisions. Other charges reportedly related to mismanagement, abuse of funds, unprocedural appointments and some bordering on corruption.

Mandishona was also alleged to have travelled to South Africa to source a computer system and recruited the heads of human resources and finance departments without board approval. He is also accused of using company funds for corporate social responsibility events which were not sanctioned by the board.

PSMAS has been under the spotlight since last year after the unceremonious exit of former chief executive Cuthbert Dube amid public anger over a mismatch between obscene salaries for management and its crippling debt.

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  • Mpisi

    I wonder why civil servants unions are silent when the members of PSMAS the bulk who are civil servants are being shafted like this. Stop the contributions period and take your business to a better managed medical aid society and leave this butt hole called Mandishona who earns over $40 000 a month to be the MD. This is your money, this is supposed to be health insurance when you are sick. People need to wake up. Direct the salaries bureau to stop medical aid deductions if you cannot use PSMAS. Another medical society will be more than happy to take you on board. This is not negotiable , the govt. cannot force you to join a certain medical aid, it’s your choice!!!!! It’s your life don’t put it in jeopardy!!!!!

    • tapson Marega

      justice has taken its course.I believe in justice.Why unprocedurally and without substance dismiss people

      • Mpisi

        You were born an idiot and you will die an idiot and there is nothing you can do about it.

        • Diva

          Mpisi I think intellectual capacity will inform you to exercise respect and put through your comments with rationality and dignity.

  • tapson Marega

    This is good news reasoning has sailed through

    • Mpisi

      Mgodi kanyoko!

  • PSMAS WORKERS

    The Labour ruling should then uplift the speedy and unprocedural firing of Henry done by PSMAS board. From the onset it was clear that PSMAS board and acting executives had cooked up allegations for him. From an internal and informed point of view, one can quickly dismiss most of the cooked up allegations as follows,
    1. On the issue of unprocedural appointments (head of H.R and head of Finance)- PSMAS has an H.R charter and Job charter which both specify that the MD has the power to recruit executives to drive the strategy of the organisation home. therefore the allegation of unprocedural appointment is a nullity. Us at PSMAS knows this.
    2. Abuse of funds- the payments done by Mandishona were for Community Social Responsibility no wonder why PSMAS doesn’t even have a single charge of Henry pocketing any cent for personal use. CSR in unavoidable for an organisation whose property was served by His Excellency from being attached through Henry who pressured the gvt to intervene and save the organisation. He obviously had to go for CSR to maintain mutual understanding and goodwill relations with service providers and government.
    3. On undercutting the board- honestly there is no MD who needs board approval to build the capacity of his staff through training. Besides, on both trainings the board participated. Board attended the training by Macotra and Chase at Rainbow Towers. The board chair, Bvirindi actually opened the session and H.R chair closed the session. These trainings wer all above board.
    Henry has no case to answer.
    Currently within PSMAS, they have advertised the MD job but Muchena who is at PSMI is dictating the pace of everything at PSMAS and PSMI. He wants to cut the wage bill of PSMI from around 4.7 billion to 2 million through unorthodox means that involves firing those he thinks were aligned to Mandishona. Most employees haven’t been at peace and are feeling insecure with some Officers resigning almost on weekly basis due to pressure threats. All the same chisingaperi chinoshura vakuru.

    US AT PSMAS WELCOME THE LABOUR COURT RULING. MAY IT BE IMPLEMENTED HASTE-POST-HASTELY.

    WELCOME BACK HENRY.

  • Mpisi

    And who are you?