The Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) has announced that it will appear before the Public Service Commission to deliver a petition regarding the cancellation of the Psmas AGM.
Officials were angry on Thursday after riot police shut down an annual general meeting (AGM) of the Public Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) for the second consecutive year without explanation.
In an interview with 263Chat, Charles Chinosengwa from ZCPSTU pointed out that Psmas belongs to the workers and not to the government.
“The government pays 80% as a condition of service. They are now abusing power because the public service wants to manage the daily activities of the psmas. They want to catch cougars and now it’s a problem,” he said.
The State covers 80% of the PSMAS contributions of each of its employees under the medical scheme.
The president of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), Enock Dongo, described the act as hooliganism.
“It’s prudent to give members the chance and opportunity to hold an AGM so we can discuss issues,” Dongo said.
“We are aware that in addition to government, there are also challenges with regard to PSMI in terms of misuse of funds that we hear about, that we want to address at the AGM.
“If we’re stuck, where exactly are we going to let off steam and say what we want to say? This is the only platform where we can discuss these issues.
“We are now very confident that the government has a hand when it comes to the issues at PSMI and PSMAS. If not, they should allow us to have an AGM, so we’re asking for those tips.
“We understand that the PSMAS AGM was supposed to take place last year, but it was stopped by the same government. If there was anything they wanted to do, they should have done it in that year.
“They can’t do that, it’s hooliganism.”
There are allegations that some senior civil servants misappropriated funds from PSMAS, PSMI and some of its investments, hence concerted efforts to block the AGM.
Officials’ representatives hinted at a forensic audit for the institution.