ZCTU threatens legal action against Mupfumira

THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has threatened to take legal action against Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare minister Priscah Mupfumira following her removal of its president Peter Mutasa from the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) board.

by XOLISANI NCUBE

Prisca Mupfumira

Prisca Mupfumira

The labour body gave Mupfumira seven days to reverse the firing of Mutasa. Mupfumira fired Mutasa from the board last week accusing him of leaking confidential information to the media.

“If we fail to hear from you, kindly note that we will petition the High Court to nullify your decision. Furthermore, we will be filing a complaint to the International Labour Organisation against the government of Zimbabwe for violating its Constitution and the principles of freedom of association to which Zimbabwe is party,” ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo in a letter to Mupfumira on Monday.

Moyo yesterday said the minister had no right to remove Mutasa from the social fund board as he did not represent the interests of government, but of the workers who contribute towards the scheme.

“Let us assume there are allegations against Cde Mutasa, the law and natural justice provides that he must be given an opportunity to defend himself, but the minister did all this without consulting the workers who are the owners of the fund,” Moyo said.

“The NSSA board and government must appreciate that it is there because of workers and pensioners who contribute or contributed something, hence, all their dealings must be open to the stakeholders. As workers, we are happy with the work Cde Mutasa has been doing.”

NSSA is a statutory body established in 1989 with a mandate to administer social security public funds on behalf of about 1,3 million contributors.

NSSA administers two schemes: Pension and Other Benefits Scheme and Accident Prevention and Workers’ Compensation Scheme.

The NSSA board is currently chaired by Robin Vela, and has representatives from business and workers as contributing partners.

Although the official reason being given for Mutasa’s ouster is that of leaking information to the media, he is said to be at loggerheads with the NSSA board over some of the authority’s investment decisions, particularly the acquisition of mobile operator Telecel Zimbabwe.

NSSA provided $30 million towards the purchase of a 60% stake in Telecel Zimbabwe from Dutch-based VimpelCom.

6 Responses to ZCTU threatens legal action against Mupfumira

  1. jerry maidera May 19, 2017 at 6:30 am #

    Viva Mutasa for letting-out the cat out of the bag. Vajaira mambavha aya kupinda muma”Board” kuti vabe. File the case to the High court fast fast. ZCTU itai basa vakomana nevasikana.

  2. Wedenga May 19, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    Peter has always stood for the causes of the workers. He is outspoken and cannot be bribed. I urge ZCTU to report to ILO as the courts in Zimbabwe are invested with the ‘Chidyausiku’s)

  3. Worker May 19, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    They want to steal. NSSA is one of theb cash cows left in the country because the few woerkers in industry are still contributing towards NSSA.By firing Mutasa it will be free for all.

  4. igwee ped May 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    Thus cheap politics and poor Administrative approach Mupfumira.Hapana chozikanwa she is just a political appointee. How can you fire someone who represent workers(contributors to the scheme) Ndivo vana’ valu’ than to say Value added Tax.Ministry kubasa gogo Mupfumira , politics should be done outside Ministry / Cabinet roles/ operations

  5. mushandi May 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    I salute cde Mutasa, better to be fired than to be baptised into corruption. kubirawo chembere hamuyari. board allowance US$2000-00 per quarter per person x 4 = US$8000,00 per year, sittiing allowance US$600-00 per person per sitting. Compare Chembere US$60 per month x 12 months =$720 per year. Saka NSSA ndeyaani pakadai, shame on you

  6. Mukanya May 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    NSSAgate in the offing for clueless Prisca Mupfumira!! the NSSA Board is heavily compromised by its MAFIA image/style.

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