Restructuring touches off row at Tel*One

Shakeman Mugari

A LABOUR row is looming at Tel*One over the company’s recent move to streamline its top management as part of the restructuring exercise that began last year.



ace=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The row emerged at a management meeting two weeks ago when managing director Wellington Makamure announced his plans to reduce the management team from the current 15 to three.

There are 15 managers reporting directly to the managing director who recently joined the company from TeleAccess.

The company wishes to appoint three directors to preside over operations and report directly to Makamure.

The three positions of technical, commercial and finance and administration directors have already been created.

There was a heated argument in the meeting when Makamure announced the shortlisted candidates for the three posts.

According to sources close to the issue, the positions of commercial and technical director would be filled from among the 15 managers.

The position of finance and administration will be given to an external applicant who has since been identified.

The former acting managing director Hampton Mhlanga is among those short-listed for the position of technical director.

Monica Mungofa, who heads the business planning division, has been short-listed for the position of commercial director.

The pending restructuring has, however, caused clashes at management meetings with some managers arguing the commercial director’s post had been given to a less qualified individual.

“At the meeting it was said that some managers were being side-lined by the restructuring,” said a top official who attended the meeting.

“Other managers who are eyeing the post felt that the jobs were being given to less qualified individuals.”

After announcing the short-listed candidates, Makamure is understood to have met with vehement protests from some senior managers who threatened to quit.

Three directors who are understood to have political connections in the Ministry of Transport and Communications have been lobbying Minister Christopher Mushowe for support.

As the jostling for the position intensifies, there are now allegations of victimisation of other managers.

Two months ago the marketing manager Maria Sena is understood to have come under pressure to resign over an advertising deal with Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH).

Tel*One public relations officer Collin Welbesi could not be reached for comment while the managing director was said to be out of the country on business.

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