The outgoing National Railway of Zimbabwe General Manager and 3 other directors are reportedly demanding hefty exit packages from the parastatal, the Chronicle reports.
Engineer Lewis Mukwada ( General Manager) Mr Misheck Matanhire (director corporate services), Mr Samson Bhuza (director operations) and Mr Elector Mafunga (director marketing) were relieved of their duties after the Transport minister Joel Biggie Matiza ordered the board to restructure the parastatal.
The quartet is reportedly demanding US $80 000 each and a Prado V8 for Mukwada and 3 Fortuners for the other 3 directors.
NRZ employees are reportedly fuming over the packages demands, one employee spoke to the publication and said:
As shopfloor workers within NRZ, we are saying these guys should not even leave with anything. They destroyed the NRZ and some of them have worked for over two decades but haven’t done anything worth their stay at NRZ.
We hear that they want to be given hefty exit packages of US$80 000 each or an equivalent of that amount in local currency. This is in addition to top of the range vehicles they bought themselves sometime this year.
Another NRZ Employee also said:
Most of our customers are complaining that we have got over 200 wagons grounded at NRZ stations dotted across the country and yet over US$300 000 that was sourced to repair the locomotives was diverted to buying the cars and its actually being selfish
When contacted for comment, NZR Public Relations Manager Nyasha Mataranyika said:
This is a policy issue to be determined by Government through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development as well as the Office of the President and Cabinet.
I am sure the Government will definitely not do things that will cripple NRZ because the shareholder’s thrust is to revive NRZ. We believe that it is in the hands of the ministry and the board. Remember there are laws, regulations and procedures to follow.
We believe the shareholder will do what would make NRZ tick and also if these people have worked to satisfaction, definitely Government will be obliged to ensure they are given exit packages that are in tandem with their contracts.
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