Government pillaging of NSSA continues

Staff Reporter

THE pillaging of the cash-rich National Social Security Authority (NSSA) continues unabated with the parastatal’s parent ministry once again sending a begging bowl seeking financial help.

Ministry secretary Ngoni Masoka, in a letter dated March 21 to former NSSA general manager Liz Chitiga, asked the entity to chip in with $66,000 towards the hosting of celebration to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be guest of honour at the event that if Masoka’s figures are to be believed will cost over $120,000.

“As you may be aware the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare is hosting the national commemorations of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. His Excellency the President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa is the guest of honour.

“Over 10,000 people are expected to attend. The Ministry had initially budgeted for 5,000 people,” said Masoka.

The Ministry Masoka said intends to hire popular crooner Mukudzei Mukombe better known by his stage name Jah Prazah among others to entertain the crowd.

“In light of the additional 5,000 persons expected to attend the event could NSSA assist in providing the following items: 3,000 round-neck t-shirts ($18,000), 2000 golf t-shirts ($16 000), 5,000 two piecer chicken and chips, plus soft drink ($22,500), performance by Jay Prayzah (Mukombe), performance by Devine Sounds ($1,500) and director of ceremonies Emmanuel Manyika ($1000),” said Masoka.

Account details of those to be paid were provided and NSSA is supposed to have paid the money not later than March 23.

Chitiga has already been disposed of after her contract was cut short 15 months before expiry in a shakeup at NSSA that also claimed the scalp of executive chairman Robin Vela for allegedly not being “ordinarily resident in Zimbabwe” as required by law.

Vela confirmed to a local weekly that NSSA funded the event.

Labour Minister Petronella Kagonye also confirmed and defended the decision to hold the event in her constituency.

 “I chose (venue) that because we are talking about sustainability. It’s a ward with 33,000 households.

“There are 250 disabled people who built their houses,” Kagonye reportedly said, adding the venues are rotated each year.