23 October 2012

Zambia: 'Cruel' Manager Finally Deported

EMBATTLED Innscor Zambia operations director, Jane Sharamanga, who had allegedly been evading officers from the Immigration Department, is finally set for deportation today after presenting herself to the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday.

Ms Sharamanga, who had allegedly been in hiding for days after word went round that she was about to be deported, presented herself at the Ministry around 14:00 hours yesterday, where she met with Home Affairs Minister, Edgar Lungu and other Government officials.

Mr Lungu recently ordered the deportation of Ms Sharamanga but was shocked last week to learn that the South African was still in Zambia.

Ministry spokesperson, Moses Suwali confirmed in an interview yesterday that the decision to deport the South African had been upheld and that she was now in the hands of the department waiting for deportation.

"As you know the deportation order was signed a long time ago and today even if she came to the ministry, there was nothing that had changed and she is currently in the hands of the immigration officers waiting for deportation any time," Mr Suwali said.

Ms Sharamanga, who had allegedly been hiding at the residence of a prominent business executive in Lusaka, presented herself with her lawyers.

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officers were also present at yesterday's meeting together with acting Permanent Secretary, Willis Manjimela as well as Innscor managers in charge of various outlets.

The South African has come under fire for allegedly abusing her employees in the food and grocery chain stores and dismissing those that were HIV positive as well as those that fell pregnant.

She was supposed to be deported together with managing director, Henry Clarke who left the country on Wednesday but allegedly went into hiding as she pushed for an injunction to suspend the Government order.

But sources in the ministry and some workers who were present at yesterday's meeting said the Government had made it clear that it would not reverse its decision.

There was jubilation at the Bonjour, Galitos, Vasilis and Pizza Inn - the subsidiaries of Innscor - when word went round that the minister had upheld his earlier decision to have Ms Sharamanga deported.

"Edgar Lungu is a man of action - we did not imagine he could do what he did today because everyone was worried but we are now happy that this woman has finally gone," said one of the complex managers who attended the meeting.

Mr Lungu was surprised last week when he learnt that Ms Sharamanga was still in the country despite earlier signing her deportation order.

Innscor Africa director Shaw Leighton is said to have taken over the reigns at the company in the absence of Mr Clarke and Ms Sharamanga.

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