Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira, said suspended NetOne, chief executive officer Lazarus Muchenje dismissed nine senior managers without the knowledge and authority of the board or his ministry.
Mandiwanzira said this in his submissions as the 16th respondent to an urgent chamber application filed by Muchenje at the High Court on August 3 seeking to reverse Mandiwanzira and the NetOne board’s decision to restore the contracts for the nine senior managers. Said Mandiwanzira:
I phoned the chief executive officer on the evening of Friday July 27, 2018, to enquire on whose authority the terminations were effected. The applicant (Muchenje) stated in the phone call that he had acted with authority of the board and promised to phone me back with confirmation and proof of the said authority. As a matter of fact, that phone (call) is yet to be received to this day. In performing my oversight responsibility through the board of directors of the company and my conversations with the board it was clear to me that the board was unaware of the applicant’s actions prior to the sudden and explosive terminations that are subject of the application.