Charge Cuthbert Dube: MPs

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PARLIAMENT yesterday recommended that the Cuthbert Dube-led executive and board members of the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) be expelled and charged for misappropriation of members’ funds.

BY VENERANDA LANGA
SENIOR PARLIAMENTARY REPORTER

Addressing a Press conference at Parliament Building, Ruth Labode, chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care, said a forensic audit should be monthly salary from the heavily indebted institution.

Labode said the matter should not be treated lightly as “poor people’s funds meant for health were being embezzled for personal gains”.

She said the probe should also dig into Dube’s dealings at the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) where he was also a board member.

The committee took a swipe at Health minister David Parirenyatwa for only announcing in Senate last week that the matter was going to be investigated instead of taking serious action like firing the whole board.

“The committee notes that the decision of the PSMAS board to retire the CEO with possible benefits is not in the interest of the public and recommends that he must be prosecuted for theft and/or misappropriation of members’ funds,” said Labode.

“The committee notes with concern other linkages and recurrence of similar names like Dube and Mavis Gumbo in PSMAS, ZBC and Zifa, all being troubled institutions with reported gross abuse of public funds by management and also notes the outgoing chair of the PSMAS board Meisie Namasasu is a government employee with the Ministry of Finance and how she presided over such immoral salary scales leaves a lot to be desired and Namasasu should be investigated and the job with the State reviewed, if not recalled,” she said.

“In light of these anomalies, the committee calls on government to order a forensic audit into PSMAS’ funds-handling, given its public service interest and the numerous donations to entities like Zifa which Dube made.”

The committee also recommended that the future PSMAS board should include a representative from civil servants.

Labode said prosecution was imperative in line with provisions of the Constitution which outlawed lavish salaries at the expense of delivery and at a time when PSMAS owed $38 million in fees to doctors and other service providers.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa also told the National Assembly during debate on the 2014 National Budget that there was need for a complete overhaul of parastatals. He said PSMAS was not a government institution, adding that civil servants needed to be moved to other medical aid institutions.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Charge him for what? How can an audit be conducted after 30 years? If I own someone’s piece of land for 33 years, whereafter the owner features to claim it back, wont I use something called prescription and resist the claim? Im not a lawyer please let me understand. Why have these scandals surfaced now? Do you mean SANCTIONS have now been lifted and the truth coming to the surface? Try Nikuv, they have helped many countries facing similar challenges.

  2. this Cuthbert must b imprisoned. bcoz as civil servants we failed to access medication as psmas members did not submit our cash to service providers

  3. Man on a missionJanuary 29, 2014 at 10:36 am#

    Jono – man on a mission. Jonathan Moyo is doing a sterling job. Well done Jono. I hope u will get the required support from the President. Corrective measures should also come from Gushungo. Corruption will destroy this country if the President doesn’t support Jono.

    We should pray for God’s grace.

    • What has Jono done on the PSMAS case? It doesn’t fall under his ministry. Maybe you are confussing PSMAS and ZBC. Just say you have got a new guitar and would like to test your praise singing tunes for Jonathan the big headed!

      • @Mavhaire- I think it was Johno who started the ball rolling that is why he is getting the credit..spot the difference?

  4. It’s never too late to do good. Start now to clean up the mess and we would have done well for ourselves and for posterity! Right all wrongs please!

  5. I think the best thing would be to investigate the parastatal l executives and heads of gov departments.

    Thereafter, see what is best… Surely reasonable ways would be to make them refund the organisations, where possible..

    Just saying Curthbert should be charged when you have not done a thorogh the whole list of companies is not good enough.

    Even some very large organisations listed on stock exchange have been milked.

    The symptoms are very easy to pick..

    Executives have flashy lifestyles when employees go for 5 months with no pay or on staggered salaries.

    HOW STRONG ARE OUR PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES ? I SEE THEY SEEM TO TURN A BLIND EYE ON INVESTIGATING OTHER ORGANISATIONS E.G OTHER MEDICAL SOCIETIES.

    All the same, I surely would like to thank Professor Jonathan Moyo for your ability to unearh this rot.

    We spent 5 years with a GNU full of ministers both from MDCs and ZANU Pf who could not even pick up a clue on this ?

    Kudos to you Prof

  6. Good Job Jono now move into schools who are forcing first time students to expensive below standard uniforms in order to obtain places at their school please bring this up in parliament. This is beginning of something sinister schools must concentrate on education and leave school uniform to the likes of Enbee

    • @Charles you are tru Avondale Primary school is charging an additional $350 to newcomers and the Headmaster should be investigated.

  7. This is Zimbabwe and under the current government, noone will be prosecuted for corruption.Actually they will be rewarded.When the noise finally subsidies ,we go on with our normal lives and not a finger will be raised until another matter comes up again.Just for interest sake,the Masimirembwa case has been buried and soon Muchechetere is going to be given a golden handshake.Mark my words,all those people mentioned in the ongoing salary scandals are going to be rewarded for stealing from us the poor and they will be recycled so that we forget about them.Never expect anything from Gushungo because history tells us that when it comes to dealing with corruption, he is a toothless bulldog.In December 2012 at the ZANU PF annual conference, Gushungo mentioned something about a minister who demanded US$10 million bribe from South African investors and also about Traffic Police.This also shows that he knows about it but he is not able to do anything.To add insult to injury, the culprits are not even ashamed to show off their ill gotten wealth.

  8. CAN THESE PROBES QUICKLY DESCEND ON THE HWANGE COLLIERY BOARD AND MANAGEMENT,WE ARE DYING OF HUNGER WHILST THEY ARE SITTING PRETTY.DRIVING PRADOS

  9. The leadership of this country has been aware of this and they are pretending to be surprised like all of us hen in fact they were the beneficiaries of all these scandals. Look at the local authorities,ZRP, NRZ, ZESA, GMB, IDC and all its affiliates, all these organization have been used by the politicians to further their own ends without impunity and the head of state is full aware of it. He is the one who approves their appointments and conditions of service, how does he gets surprised today. Only that someone has exposed the scam, these CEO s have all diverted funds to the benefit of politicians and these CEOs have used this abuse for their own benefit. Whilst the party was abusing these CEOs as a conduit to siphon resources these CEO s will get their boards to sign atrocious salaries as well for the CEO s benefit. Now that the CEOs have served their purposes, their are the scapegoats and divert the attention from the real problem.

  10. Thobela…

    ….hona le mothoo a dira mmereko oa hae jwanong. Kee pojisa ho re ke mmang… mara ke thloka karabo.

    Morena…

  11. Well I am inclined to agree with those who say nothing will be done to the culprits if anything they will be promoted but commentators are missing the point here. The point is NOW we know who stole what where…so the media should continue. It also help us appraise the office of the prosecutor general who let those constituency development thieves go scot free but we KNOW who they are..That is enough for now!

  12. @Mbatatisi – school heads are working in cahoots with Enbee Stores. They are receiving commision by way of household goods (fridges, stoves) and clothing (suits) in returning for ensuring all students buy Enbee uniforms. This is also Enbee Stores’ strategy of pushing indigenous uniform suppliers out of business. So more work for Jonathan Moyo!

  13. CORNHOLIO, UNDER ENGLISH LAW PRESCRIPTION PERIOD APPLIED TO REALTY NOT ‘SALARIES’. MUNO MUZIMBABWE HATINA PRESCRIPTION PERIOD ON LAND/PROPERTY OCCUPATION, THAT’S WHY WE TOOK BACK OUR LAND 90YRS AFTER THE BRITISH HAD STOLEN IT. ISU TINOTI MHOSVA HAIORI.(I’M ALSO NOT A LAWYER!!!).

  14. but gushungo ngavashandise simba ravo saPurezidhendi kubata makava aya including Cashbert Dube..Happcash Mucashetere…Goodcash Masimiracash…..this will be the beginning of a better Zanu pf.zita rezanu nera His Excellency ririkusvibiswa nemapere aya.how can kanyika kenhamo kakaita seZimbabwe have macivil servants anotambira kudarika Barack obama,jacob zuma.sungai mbavha idzo?

  15. gushungo chisiirai mai mujuru natsvangirai chigaro….we will celebrate your life like we did for tata mandela than your death.nyika yagwadama sekuru.we love you…for twenty years,you were an icon..but mbavha dzakakukombai dzasvibisa your image beyond repair

  16. Why must people thank Jonno yet he is the one who created all this mess..He is the one who taught zanupf to rig the elections and shut the opposition from saying anything in public media,infact he single handedly saved zanupf in 2000..We had wanted to get rid of zanupf in 2000 but he distroyed the people’s wishes and the country would not have degenarated into this chaos if Mugabe had been removed in 2000..So this is your baby Jonathan carry it.

  17. ma board members had their cut from Cuthbert’s monthly penjeni. Vanhuwe this is organized crime and corruption , iwe unofunga kuti munhu anongosainirwa approval ye pay yakadaro pasina cut. Its my guess the board members were getting $10000 each and chairperson $20000 monthly with Cuthbert pocketing $130000/month this doesn’t need a rocket scientist to figure it out but a patriotic police with Zimbabwe at heart. Ngavasungwe vese, This is the only time I wish I was a cop so that I can duly arrest these parasites.

  18. It’s sad that some feel individuals are accumulating larger sums of money at the expense of the poor Zimbabwean man who is working day and night to earn a living. However it is of paramount importance that such money hungry monsters be dealt with without delay.

  19. Its really sad that the zanu pf government is surprised about this now when people are now reach. Lets see if they are going to arrest anyone of them. The president talked about Masimirembwa long time ago concerning $6 million corruption. what happened to him? Takuvaziva maitiro avo. Munyika vanhu varikutambura vamwe vachiita mari yekutsikirira. Mwari vachapindira zvavo. Ngoma kanayoririsa yave pedyo nekubvaruka. Chihuri uripo zvako, ko bata vanhuka. basa nderekubata vanosapota opposition chete. Vamhu ngavabatwe vakomana. Zifa board must dissolved quickly. Dube ndiye mutungamiri zvekare.

  20. Although it is hypocricy the clean up has to start somewhere. Cornholio, best you get a new look at the prevention of corruption act and that is exactly where the charge will come from.

  21. Poor governance at best. He must repay Psmas all the amounts that were overpaid. If ever the amounts paid was authorized by be board, it is a nullify and must be investigated. Any director who consented to such payments is also guilty and must be charged if proper governance is to exist

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