The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has blamed President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the unending corruption at the National Social Security Authority (NSSA).
ZCTU’s remarks follow recent reports that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) had invaded and camped at NSSA’s headquarters in Harare to investigate complaints of alleged malpractices, corruption, and corporate governance failures, among other issues.
NSSA general manager, Arthur Manase, pledged to end the culture of corruption which has bedevilled the authority since its inception.
ZCTU acting secretary-general, Runesu Dzimiri told Alois Vinga of NewZimbabwe.com on Thursday that Mnangagwa was failing to find a lasting solution to the problems. Dzimiri is quoted as saying:
Corruption scandals at NSSA are no longer newsworthy. They have become a permanent staple theme; it appears President Emmerson Mnangagwa is fueling the rot by continuously failing to find a lasting solution.
What saddens us is the continued silence by top authorities despite the “movie style” embezzlement of funds.
The trade unionists questioned the rationale behind the appointment of an “equally suspicious” and compromised labour ministry to serve as a co-investigator into the alleged corruption allegations.
Dzimiri criticised NSSA for ignoring its critical role of mobilising savings for the payment of social security, and the economic development of Zimbabwe.
He lamented over the “sustained trend” of “catch and release” when dealing with suspects who have embezzled NSSA funds in the past.
When contacted for comment earlier, NSSA spokesperson, Tendai Mutseyekwa, downplayed the allegations, describing them as a ploy to tarnish the company’s management.
Dzimiri’s remarks come after the president threatened on Sunday to “make heads roll” at the association over reports of corruption saying ” NSSA has been a thorn in our flesh.”
The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Paul Mavima, also instructed the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) board to investigate corruption allegations.