New Zimbabwe (London)

7 February 2014

Zimbabwe: Charamba Pocketed $100,000 From PSMAS

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PSMAS salaries.

GEORGE Charamba earned $100,000 from his role as a board member at the beleaguered health insurer PSMAS in 2013, well above his annual salary as top civil servant.

Charamba, who doubles as permanent secretary for the information ministry and spokesman for President Robert Mugabe, has been caught up in the shocking pay scandal at the debt-ridden PSMAS.

Last week Charamba claimed he was among the least paid people on the board and had little knowledge of who was getting what at the organisation where CEO Cuthbert Dube earned $230,000 per month.

He said the rot at PSMAS was "reduced to the CEO (and) not members of our board even though the consequence was that it besmirches the image of the whole board."

"I am culpable to the extent that I didn't ask the right questions. We found the machinery already in place. We fatally assumed government policy was being followed," Charamba told the Daily News.

However, information obtained by the weekly Independent newspaper shows that Charamba served on a number of key board committees including finance and budget as well as that on benefits for top executives.

This would put him in a clear position to know the remunerations at PSMAS.

For his serves, Charamba earned US$10 357,50 in January 2013.

He went on to rake in US$10 207,50 in February, US$8 107,50 in March, US$8 770 in April, US$8 895 in May, US$8 270 in June, US$8 895 in July, US$8 270 in August and September, US$12 190 in October, US$8 270 in November and US$8 895 in December.

Totted up, his earnings from PSMAS board fees total of US$109 397,50, making him the fourth highest earner on the eight-member Psmas board.

The highest paid was George Chaburuka who received US$234 546,50 in total, followed by Miesie Namasasu (US$174 062) and Newton Mhlanga (US$130 787,50). Efforts to get comment from Charamba were unsuccessful.

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