Zacc absolves ex-Psmas boss

THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) has cleared former Premier Services Medical Aid Society (Psmas) chief executive Cuthbert Dube of criminal charges during his tenure as head of the country’s largest health insurer, it has been established.

By Hazel Ndebele

Dube was fired from Psmas three years ago for running down the institution. He was taking home about US$500 000 per month in salary and allowances, sparking public outrage.

According to sources close to the developments, Zacc has since informed Psmas executives that Dube did not commit any criminal offence as alleged in documents detailing internal investigations submitted by Psmas to Zacc during investigations.

According to the documents, Dube is accused of wrongfully and fraudulently purchasing a house at number 5 Barrington Close in Glen Lorne and transferring it into his name even though it had been identified and paid for by the society.
A Psmas senior manager, who asked not to be named said: “This leaves Psmas with the option of pursuing Dube via the civil court”.

Zacc spokesperson Phyllis Chikundura declined to comment, saying the investigation was ongoing.

“As the Zimbabwe Anti- Corruption Commission we can confirm that we are investigating a Psmas case involving the former CEO Cuthbert Dube but we are not in a position yet to divulge the progress of our investigations because doing so would be pre-empting or jeopardising our investigations which are still in progress,” she said in a written response.

Efforts to get a comment from Dube were futile as his mobile phone was unreachable.

Psmas board chair Jeremiah Bvirindi indicated last month that Psmas would take legal action against Dube.

“He is aware of the demands made by Psmas for what we perceive as unjust enrichment pointing to improper conduct as the then chief group executive that severely prejudiced the society and the impact of which is being felt by the subscribers,” Bvirindi said.

Psmas wrote to Dube on September 6 last year demanding that he surrenders the house to the medical aid society and repays cash amounting to US$1,2 million, otherwise it will institute legal proceedings to recover the money with interest.

This comes as Psmas former managing director Henry Mandishona has returned a Mercedes Benz E300, which he had been holding on to since he was fired in 2015.

Mandishona was fired over corruption charges including increasing his salary, changing his motor vehicle entitlement, introducing the benefit of a cook amongst other allegations. He earned a gross salary of US$19 500 per month and had two vehicles valued at US$100 000 and US$125 000 respectively.

Psmas investigations also allege that Dube fraudulently spent US$285 000 on the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) when he was the president of the association.

Dube has since dismissed the allegations, saying the benefits were part of his contract.

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