2 National Pharmaceuticals Bad members are reportedly in court facing criminal abuse of office charges the Daily News reports. The duo, Gerald Gore and Charles Enos Mapanga is accused of not retiring the company’s Managing Director Florah Nancy Sifeku, when she reached her retirement age,
Its is the state’s case that:
On June 1, 2006, Sifeku was appointed managing director for NatPharm under a renewable three-year contract, which was extended starting on June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2018.
On July 31, 2018 former NatPharm chairperson George Washaya wrote a notice of retirement to Sifeku, which also said the board had taken notice of her age and was no longer eligible for re-appointment, according to the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act, after having served the organisation for 10 years.
On November 28, 2018, NatPharm received a circular from the Office of the President and Cabinet outlining procedure for termination of public entities’ chief executives who had served for more than 10 years as guided by the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act. On July 18 of the same year, a human resources committee meeting chaired by Harinavamwe Chifamba was held and the issue of recruiting a new managing director was raised and captured in the minutes.
On November 30, Sifeku’s six-month contract extension expired and she reportedly continued to work without a contract and without the president’s approval of her re-appointment. On January 9, a full NatPharm board meeting was held in which the two were present and they discussed the issue that Sifeku was working without a contract. They continued working with Sifeku knowing that she had no valid contract.
They negated their obligation as public officers by failing to terminate Sifeku’s employment from the position of managing director for NatPharm as she had reached her retirement age and had served for more than 10 years. Due to their actions, Sifeku continued with her duties without a contract and received salaries and benefits which amounted to $631 997,75 and US$2 865,42
The magistrate remanded them to 24 September on $3 000 Bail.
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