NetOne saga deepens

There was extreme tension between suspended NetOne chief executive officer Reward Kangai and board chairperson Alex Marufu long before a new chief finance officer was appointed at the State-owned mobile operator, NewsDay has gathered.

BY SILENCE CHARUMBIRA

Net One  managing director Reward Kangai speaking during the Esy Call Net One Cup press conference yesterday

Kangai was on Monday sent on a three-month paid leave to facilitate investigations into financial irregularities unearthed by new chief finance officer Sibusisiwe Ndlovu at the country’s second biggest mobile operator. Kangai also stands accused of having tried to frustrate Ndlovu’s appointment.

NewsDay understands that Ndlovu’s arrival at the organisation only presented cannon fodder for Marufu to attack Kangai whom he labelled a “donkey”.

According to correspondence seen by NewsDay, Kangai wrote to the permanent secretary of Information and Communications Technology, Postal and Courier Services Sam Kundishora complaining of Marufu’s conduct.

The letter was dated February 19, 2016 and was in response to an article carried in the State media concerning corporate malfeasances at NetOne.

Kangai told Kundishora that Marufu had verbally attacked him during the interviewing of Ndlovu.
“He [Marufu] asked Ndlovu the question as to how she would handle herself, cast in between a chairman, whom, according to his own wife, is a ‘bully’ and a managing director, he described as a ‘donkey’,” Kangai wrote.

“I believe the attack on me by the chairman was predicated on the fact that in 2014, he was pushing for the appointment of a colleague in the department of information technology (IT), he once worked with. The position which was vacant in the IT department was head of department level and not at director level.”

Kangai alleged that Marufu pushed for the creation of a directorship position and “we prepared a paper seeking board authorisation and this was submitted to the Human Resources Committee of the board and the main board for authorisation”.

“Before the main board had approved it, the board chairman was already pushing [bullying] for the appointment to be effected, before the approval process had been completed, and naturally, I was insisting on following due process. I believe this is what he deemed as resistance, hence calling me in that derogatory manner,” Kangai said.

Kangai said Ndlovu contravened Section 18(2) W of the Labour Relations Act “as she only went on maternity leave after her delivery, without producing that certificate (conveniently concealed the expected delivery date)”.

“A situation where a woman chooses not to take the mandatory 21 leave days and goes directly from the workplace to the delivery room, is not and has never been contemplated in our Labour Relations Act, neither can it be reasonably envisaged, given the rapid psychological changes taking place in the expectant mother’s body,” Kangai wrote.

“While the regulation of maternity leave is undoubtedly in the interests of the expectant mother and unborn child, the protection of the employer from undesirable actions arising from the psychological changes during pregnancy is implicit.”

He said some of the “ludicrous, absurd and absolutely illogical statements attributed to the chief finance officer can at best be explained away by the inter-play of the above factors”.

“For example, that payments were being made based on verbal agreement. How else can such statements be explained away?” Kangai said, adding that Ndlovu should have been away from critical decisions that affect going concern aspects of NetOne as provided for by the Labour Relations Act.

“It is, therefore, most tragic and certainly unfortunate when the chairman of the board, chooses to encourage a woman burdened by pre and post natal demands, to report for duty, when the law provides that she should be resting and convalescing at home.”

Kangai said Marufu had threatened him with dismissal in a September 4, letter for alleged delay in issuance of offer letters although he said the delays had been due to necessary security checks.

“Prior to that, the chairman surreptitiously offered me an early retirement exit from the company, clearly to pave way for ulterior motives, as the recent events have come to testify,” the document read.

Contacted for comment, Kangai told NewsDay: “I am on forced leave and have been gagged.”
Kundishora told NewsDay: “Things were discussed in meetings where nothing of that nature was discussed.”

Marufu said: “As far as I am concerned we had no issues with the chief executive officer. We had a sound working relationship. If there was something that was raised, it was not copied to me.”

18 Responses to NetOne saga deepens

  1. jb dee March 16, 2016 at 5:11 am #

    Sadly he hasnt denied wrong doig on said charges..rathee he is raising his own charges but can not equate to fraud.

  2. jemma March 16, 2016 at 5:56 am #

    takazviona kare kuti basa haagone asi bhudhi vake vakasiya vamugadzirira pahukama nhasi hezvo

  3. Sagitarr March 16, 2016 at 8:05 am #

    Rewind to 1982 – a minister Kumbirai Kangai was fingered when a local crook called Samson Paweni diverted almost ZWD6m (drought relief funds) in a scandal that rocked the 2 year old govt of PM RGM.

    If private newspapers reprint some of these stories, it will help voters to decide who to vote for or not for. It will also put into proper perspective what the true meaning of “patriot”, “liberator” etc vis a vis common terms like “thief”, “liar”, “criminal” etc in regards to those who we feel are “ruling” or “leading” this country or those buried at the Acre near Warren Park (I deliberately left “Heroes” – I’m not sure which ones were)

  4. magame March 16, 2016 at 8:35 am #

    Not to worry Kangai. The forensic audit will absolve or incriminate you. Zvenhumbu yaamai siyana nazvo. Reminds me of zanu pf fights. If Marufu a zanu appointee and u another zanu appointee accuse each other if corruption zim can only benefit from this.

  5. Kwami March 16, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    Agree with Magame. Let forensic speak. Ngaambogara kumba adye mari. This what government should have been doing. Kudos Mandiwanzira and Prisca Mupfumira. It seems they have the beef to take head on where angels fear to tread. If ZANU PF has any hope left, deal with graft and deal with it hard.

  6. Mukanya March 16, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    Corruption in its all forms is genetically and spiritually embedded in the Kangai Family.

  7. Brian March 16, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    Why is he lamenting more than the bereaved yet he is on paid leave.The issue is about alleged financial irregularities which an audit can uphold or dismiss.Being a donkey or not is non of the audit’s business,PERIOD.He should shut up and enjoy his leave

  8. Watching From Terraces March 16, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Saka NetOne inotungamirwa neBull-Donkey? Saka donkey rarwadziwa chii panyama reBuru raisingadye?

  9. mhofu March 16, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    Guys let me tell you something, if this Kangai if fired at Netone, I bet my last dollar u will see him in 2018 campaigning in some constituency for yuors trully Corrupt party… they have a way of retaining their “cadres” even if they have been convicted of theft!
    Mark ma words.

  10. Viva netone March 16, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    why is kangai pretending to be so caring for the CFO? what did he want to cover during the CFO’s maternity leave. if the CFO did not compalin about dropping in at work for a few hrs how is that a problem to Kangai. so the dishonorable CEO did not want the CFO to be employed because of her pregnacy

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  13. Hosia Mviringi March 16, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    Whatever the tiff with Chairman I think Reward Kangai has overstayed his welcome at netone.We all know the issues with pple who overstay in leadership positions be it in business/politics..personalization of institutions,manipulation of systems etc.Besides he’s gnt nothing new to offer to Netone.The Tech industry is very dynamic thus new innovative minds are needed.He presided over the oldest yet the most DORMANT telecoms co. in Zim.Netone needs Rebranding,Renewal and Refocusing if the co. is to survive the competition and maybe attract investors.
    To Mr Kangai..You have had your time,its time to move on gracefully.

    • Zvusvumbwi March 16, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

      True to that. Reward is due to retire from Netone and his continued stay there is obviously crippling the company. So while we are yet to see the intentions and performance of Marufu at Netone, let Kangai first vacate the office. On replacing him a transparent process of selecting a tech savvy, experienced and competent person should be embarked upon. The candidate should not be politically connected to curb entitlement, corruption and laziness.

  14. Kufandada March 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    Zvenhumbu yaamai ava hazvinei ne corruption.That woman took her maternity leave on departing to the labour ward is her choice and not unusual.What the law prohibits is for Net One to refuse to give her 21 days leave before delivery,otherwise the law does not criminalise someone who takes her leave late.
    Now for Kangai,let the investigation take place.I doubt that you will return to Net One.The evidence is overwhelming.If it is not corruption it will be gross incompetence to pay $600 000 per year for a system that brings $1 000 per month just to copy Econet when you do not have a clue of how the system works.Shame maningi.

  15. Adiwa March 18, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    I think ,Mr Kangai has worked hard for netone , tirelessly with limited resources .
    With it being a government parastetal it cannot be easy .Let the investigation take place , I doubt he is afraid of that I’m sure he knew to expact it .
    He stuided for as an electrical engineer and he has an MBA none can say his money bought him those degrees , he has worked hard and like anyone deseved a fair chance .We judge so easily never taking a moment , to think that high profile candidates a flesh and blood like you and I . why does he have to constantly be fighting , defending and watching his back .
    No matter who it , we have no right to make their life unbearable or them to make ours the same.

  16. Taphy March 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    At least the chairman tried to spare him the shame by offering him an early retirement package. These board had seen what was slowing down the organisation. The chairman I know, is fair and professional. He will not keep dead weight and does not want to be part of any form of scandal. The CFO did her job well, well done. Learn the current ropes or work ethics and then change and implement your own if need be otherwise carry on with the current system. CEO just step down and pave way for those that want to make a change and see development.

    • Adiwa March 25, 2016 at 7:54 am #

      Im sceptical about chairmans who want to pull the rag under other peoples feet , shandai vanhuwe shandai .Kangai put his hands on the plough and worked , these people who want to harvest without ploughing isu ativade .Also if Kangai should retire let him do it peacefully not to be pushed over by bullies.#let the law be the judge Imimi zvema name calling that’s primary school level we are dealing with the CEO of Netone not these want to be chairman chairmans #enter through the gate Mr Chairman don’t jump over the fence#

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