Cottco Suspends Managers Over Thomas Mapfumo Jingles

The Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (COTTCO) has suspended two managers seniors after they engaged Chimurenga music Thomas Mapfumo to perform the company’s jingles.

Mapfumo had reportedly made derogatory remarks about President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Agriculture minister Perrance Shiri.

The suspended managers are, head of corporate services Benedict Mugura, who is also in charge of human resources, procurement, transport and administration and one Marjory Chaniwa, who is the head of operations.

COTTCO Managing Director Pious Manamike wrote to the suspended managers’ lawyers:

It is alleged that on February 25, 2019, you (Chaniwa) were part of the management team, together with Mugura, who hosted Dr Thomas Mapfumo to perform Cottco jingles in Muzarabani business unit without following the established protocols and procedures.

In committing the above mentioned gross misconduct, you contravened the following section of the COTTCO employment code of conduct. Schedule 2; misconduct and sanction: section 2 subsections 3.4 entitled substandard performance.

Due to the seriousness and gravity of the above-mentioned allegations, you are hereby suspended without pay and benefits in order to facilitate investigations and you will be advised of the outcome of the investigations within 14 days.

Magura, however, challenged the decision and accused the acting managing director of having been informed of Mapfumo’s participation.


More: Newsday


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