Special Anti-Corruption Unit (Sacu) probes PSMAS

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The Special Anti-Corruption Unit (Sacu) in the Office of the President and Cabinet has launched an investigation into long-running Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) corruption scandals, which may claim the scalp of senior executives at the entity.

Mr Tabani Mpofu – a renowned lawyer who leads the crack unit – confirmed the probe.

He said: “We have received complaints of corruption allegations against PSMAS. We have referred the matter to the relevant investigating institutions. The probe is on.”

PSMAS has for long been under the spotlight for alleged corruption, which could have siphoned millions of dollars at the expense of service delivery.

Subscribers, numbering over 700 000 who are mostly civil servants, have largely been inconvenienced as service providers have been rejecting Psmas medical-aid cards owing to rising defaults.

A forensic audit conducted in 2016 also exposed how PSMAS lost millions of dollars as company bosses splurged on bonuses, which were outside the payroll.

Mr Mpofu said his office was keeping a hawk’s eye on the PSMAS investigation to ensure a logical conclusion.

“I am monitoring the probe very closely with a view of preferring corruption charges against those who are facing allegations and warrant to be brought before the courts,” he said.

The Sunday Mail Business gleaned the latest dossier, which outlines a litany of allegations against the PSMAS management.

The document, which was compiled by disgruntled PSMAS workers and subscribers, red flags personal loans awarded to managers.

It also alleges that the PSMAS procurement process is not transparent.

Some executives, it claims, could be using briefcase companies to siphon money out of the medical aid society.

Further, some PSMAS board members are accused of using their influence to secure jobs for their close relatives.

Part of the dossier reads: “It is our hope that the Presidential Anti-Corruption Crack Unit will support our wish to eradicate this cancer and support President Mnangagwa to build an upper middle-class economy (by 2030) and be open for business without fear of corruption.

“Our prayer is that this document is given serious attention and all the listed issues be investigated and let the law take its course.”

The workers are also recommending the suspension of top executives in order to pave way for investigations.

More: sundaymail


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