NetOne board fires Muchenje

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NETONE board has terminated the contract of chief executive officer Lazarus Muchenje – barely 24 hours after he was reinstated.

Muchenje is facing a slew of corruption charges before the courts and had been under suspension to pave way for investigations into suspected criminal abuse of office and fraud.

He was notified of the board’s decision to sack him on December 21.

“In the circumstances by this letter and exercising its rights, Netone hereby terminates your employment contract on three months’ notice,” read the letter written by acting board chairperson Susan Mutangadura.

“Since Netone does not require your services it hereby waives the need for you to work .You will not be required to report for duty .The notice period will be taken into account in calculating your terminal benefits.”

Mutangadura further reiterates  the termination in her concluding remarks, “As a consequence of this position , your employment with Netone Cellular private limited is effectively terminated with immediate effect”.

He had successfully challenged his suspension in court, leading to his reinstatement, but the board immediately followed “due process” and terminated his services a few hours later, citing provisions of the Labour Act.

A letter from the board said the company had decided to exercise its right in terms of the Labour Act (Chapter 28:01) and in terms of common law to terminate the contract of employment on notice.

NetOne acting board chair Susan Mutangadura could not be reached to comment on the development.

The board’s move to fire Muchenje is contrary to media reports that he had been expelled by President Emmerson Mnangagwa

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