Former vice president Phelekezela Mphoko is reported to have threatened Mrs Nonhlanhla Ndlovu, the chief executive officer of the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH), with unspecified action. Mphoko accused her of issuing a directive which stopped the salary of his daughter, Dr Sikhumbuzo Mphoko, after the doctor missed two weeks of work without authorisation when the Zimbabwe Defence Forces launched the military takeover in November 2017.
Speaking to the Sunday News, Ndhlovu said:
When they returned they reported for work but we had ceased the salary of one of the former VP’s daughters as she had not reported for duty for a continuous period of 14 days. We had no problems with the other one as she had followed the correct procedure of doing things here.
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With regards to the other one, Mphoko contacted me and threatened me with unspecified action accusing me of being behind the ceasing of the salary of his daughter. I felt threatened and disappointed. I felt threatened because he used strong language against me which I can’t repeat. I was disappointed because I expected him to know what happens when someone just stops reporting for duty without following the necessary procedures. I expected him to know better as he once served as the country’s VP.
Due to the threats, the issue was forwarded to Ndlovu’s superiors. This resulted in Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health And Child Care, Major General Gerald Gwinji writing to Mphoko explaining the procedure.
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