Senior Health Reporter
Premier Service Medical Aid Society has appointed its head of managed care Dr Nicholas Munyonga as the acting managing director following the suspension of Mr Henry Mandishona for suspected mismanagement. Although the society’s board chairperson Mr Jeremiah Bvirindi could not give details on how long investigations into Mr Mandishona’s allegations of misconduct are likely to take, an internal memo sent to all staff members showed that Dr Munyonga has since been appointed as acting managing director.

“Further to the memo I did on behalf of the board on September 4, 2015, I write to advise that Dr Nicholas Munyonga, the head of managed care, has been appointed to acting managing director, while Mr Mandishona is on leave,” wrote company secretary and legal advisor Mr Cosmas Mukwesha to the workers.

Problems at PSMAS started when an obscene salary structure which saw group chief executive officer Dr Cuthbert Dube earning $500 000 every month was exposed.

His top executives were also earning mega salaries averaging $60 000 a month, excluding benefits. Despite these huge salaries and benefits, PSMAS failed to pay service providers, resulting in its members failing to access healthcare when they needed it most.

Following the exposé, Dr Dube and the society’s board chairman Mrs Meisie Makelotso Namasasu were forced to step down. Subsequently, the whole board of directors resigned, leaving Government with no option, but to appoint an interim management to bring back normalcy at the society.

The interim manager, Dr Gibson Mhlanga, a principal director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s term of office expired in July, paving way for the new board now chaired by Mr Bvirindi.