Suspended NetOne chief executive officer, Reward Kangai, has approached the High Court seeking to bar the firm from dragging him to a disciplinary hearing, claiming the telecommunication service provider’s board members were biased. Kangai was suspended without pay and benefits on October 3 this year, after being sent on forced leave, as the mobile operator began investigations regarding his alleged abuse of the company’s $11 million.
Through his lawyer, Tendai Biti, Kangai claimed the board had no authority to suspend him without pay and benefits,
The respondent’s (NetOne) board did not have the power and authority to suspend applicant (Kangai) without pay and benefits, as it did on October 3, 2016.The respondent’s suspension without pay and benefits is, therefore, unlawful. The respondent (NetOne) is barred from instituting proceedings against the applicant (Kangai) on the basis of their bias. Or, alternatively, the parties must agree on an independent arbitrator, who shall determine any charges to be brought by respondent against the applicant and whose decision shall be final.