BY TAURAI MANGUDHLA/LORRAINE MUROMO
PUBLIC Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Paul Mavima has been accused of “protecting” suspended National Social Security Authority (Nssa) general manager Arthur Manase.
Charges against the Nssa boss have been kept a secret two weeks after he was sent home to pave way for investigations into unspecified “corruption” charges.
Highly-placed sources said officials at the Corporate Governance Unit were pressing for a clean-up at Nssa, where Mavima is accused of allegedly frustrating the probe.
But Mavima denied the charges when contacted for comment yesterday.
“Manase is on leave in order to investigate the allegations that were made against the management of Nssa and this is in the spirit of making sure that this investigation is as free as possible without interference,” Mavima said.
“The investigation is going to be done on the basis of the Corporate Governance Act in the Public Service Act. That investigation will leave no stone unturned and with regard to what is happening at Nssa. You would understand that some of these issues happening are legacy issues, previously there have been some concerning developments at Nssa, but this is what we want to avoid.”
Manase is alleged to have received a US$750 000 housing loan, but continued to benefit from a US$2 500 monthly housing allowance.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently raised concern over unbridled corruption and rot at Nssa.
In a statement last Monday, Nssa board chairperson Percy Toriro said: “Different State entities, including the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, have been seized with the issues. The board has also been seized with the issues. The board has also been conducting its own investigations into the allegations.
“A comprehensive investigation has been instituted to get to the bottom of the matters. To support this and ensure that the exercise is conducted in an independent and transparent environment, the board is sending the general manager on leave until the exercise is complete.”
Information at hand suggests multiple corruption allegations are being levelled against Manase and other top executives at Nssa.
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