Natpharm squables: Restructuring at the centre of the boardroom war

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A robust restructuring programme is at the centre of the boardroom squables that have seen the Natpharm management ckashing with its board of directors, the Zim morning Post has learnt.

Natpharm has been rocked with clashes between the management qnd its board resulting in the involvement of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) as allegations of corruption have been raised.

Several board members have been arrested and charged amid reports the management wants the board dismissed.

However, investigations have revealed that the board, before the then minister Obadiah Moyo was fired, was “embarking on a restructuring plan as per the three-year strategic plan that was agreed upon.”

Zim Morning Post is in posession of the strategic plan which states that: “the board had embarked on a robust re-structuring of the Organisation.”

The document also states that “The Board critically examined the Natpharm Business which in essence is supply chain in nature and picked gaps and inconsistencies and these were reflecting on performance.”

“The structure should speak to the needs of the organisation and the transformational strategy,” reads the strategic plan.

According to the plan, the board created the post of the chief executive officer together with director level posts in operations, finance, procurement and the public relations department.

This, therefore, meant so many acting managers were to be asked to reapply for the positions with some likely to be completely dropped.

Sources said the restructuring agenda became a thorny issue within Natpharm since most of the managers are in acting capacities.

“So all the reports you get are based on the proposed plan.Some managers want the board dissolved with hopes that a new board will not restructure.”

In an interview one board member who refused to be named said “the baseless arrests of board members on trumped up charges are meant to frustrate the members so that they resign.”

“The arrests have simply tarnished the good image of reputable professionals who will in future decline any appointment in government.”

“Parastatals are falling short of such professionals and Natpharm was one lucky entity which was going to benefit from these men and women who accepted the offer to serve diligently,” the official said.


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