Push to dis­solve Ps­mas board

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Brian Chitemba

TWO Pre­mier Ser­vices Med­i­cal Aid So­ci­ety mem­bers have filed an ur­gent High Court ap­pli­ca­tion to com­pel the health in­surer to dis­solve its board at an an­nual gen­eral meet­ing this Tues­day.

Messrs Maphios Si­a­muchembu and Eden Mtam­ba­lika ac­cuse the board of “mis­man­age­ment of mem­bers’ funds” and pre­sid­ing over an “al­most non-func­tional med­i­cal aid so­ci­ety”.

The two ap­proached the court on Fri­day seek­ing ei­ther dis­so­lu­tion of the Mr Jeremiah Bvirindi-led board or the AGM’s post­pone­ment.

They want Health and Child Care Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Dr Ger­ald Gwinji, to en­sure the AGM “is con­ducted in a fair, trans­par­ent and cred­i­ble man­ner” if it goes ahead.

Messrs Si­a­muchembu and Mtam­ba­lika are rep­re­sented by Chiusti Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers.

Part of their ap­pli­ca­tion reads, “(Ps­mas) has de­lib­er­ately ig­nored the let­ter whilst con­tin­u­ing with prepa­ra­tions for the meet­ing so that the mat­ter is not placed on the agenda.

“The ap­pli­cants are re­li­ably in­formed that the de­lay in re­spond­ing is tact­fully made to en­sure that their meet­ing goes ahead with­out the item on the agenda.

“It is shock­ing that re­spon­dent has re­sponded to the let­ter by mak­ing com­ments in the Press and yet has not re­sponded to date to such an ur­gent mat­ter.

“The meet­ing will be held on the 27th of June 2017 and it ap­pears the re­spon­dent board is de­ter­mined to re­main in place un­law­fully by de­lib­er­ately ig­nor­ing the re­quest for its dis­so­lu­tion to be placed on the agenda.”

Mr Si­a­muchembu’s found­ing af­fi­davit reads: “Should the board con­tinue in of­fice, mem­bers will suf­fer ir­repara­ble harm due to the un­avail­abil­ity of ser­vices that they pay for.

“The ten­ure of the board has to be de­ter­mined as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

“I humbly ask this hon­ourable court to take ju­di­cial no­tice of the fact that al­most all pri­vate health­care ser­vice providers in Zim­babwe do not ac­cept (Ps­mas) med­i­cal aid card with the re­sult that mem­bers have to pay cash from their pock­ets to ac­cess health­care ser­vice.”

“Sur­pris­ingly, in these cir­cum­stances, the first re­spon­dent’s board of di­rec­tors splashes hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars on lux­ury cars for both its man­age­ment and the board chair­man him­self.

“It is in this back­ground that I, and my fel­low mem­bers, be­lieve the first re­spon­dent’s cur­rent board has failed to ex­e­cute its man­date and that it must leave of­fice and pave way for more com­pe­tent per­sons.”

Messrs Si­a­muchembu and Mtam­ba­lika pro­pose that the board be re­placed by for­mer in­terim man­ager Dr Gib­son Mh­langa or “some­body else of good stand­ing for a pe­riod of 12 months, dur­ing which pe­riod, the ap­pointee shall make ar­range­ments for the ap­point­ment and/ or elec­tion of a new board as pro­vided for in the so­ci­ety’s con­sti­tu­tion as read with ap­pli­ca­ble leg­is­la­tion”.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.