Suspended SPTC manager challenges acting MD's powers
MBABANE – Suspended SPTC Senior Manager, Titus Nzima, has pleaded his innocence and further challenged acting Managing Director Amon Dlamini’s powers to put him on ice.
Following his suspension on Wednesday on allegations of having sold a E6 million cable without authorisation, Nzima’s lawyers yesterday wrote a letter to the acting MD demanding to have their client reinstated.
Nzima, who is Senior Manager Supply Chain Management at the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation, has been implicated in the alleged wrongdoing together with another top administrator who is yet to be served with his suspension letter.
In the letter to the acting MD, Nzima’s lawyers from Mbuso E. Simelane and Associates argue that, firstly, their client’s suspension was unlawful because no enquiry had been held where he was going to give his side of the story ‘taking into account that he is a senior manager with the Corporation’.
"Secondly you do not have powers to suspend him as in terms of the Corporation’s organogram he reports to the General Manager Corporate Services who in terms of the internal Regulations is the one vested with powers to suspend our client," reads the letter. Additionally, the lawyers said the sale of the cable was authorised by the Cable Committee in a meeting held on July 17, 2012 and that the acting MD was aware of such a decision.
"Our client, as Supply Chain Manager whose portfolio includes the disposal of scrap metal, acted within his mandate and the finances from such sale are deposited with the Corporation.
"In the premise we are instructed to demand that you should withdraw your letter of suspension and act in the spirit of the internal Regulations of the Corporation," the letter goes on to state. The lawyers went on to question as to how this news got to the media and said their client was disturbed by this because there was no witness when the acting MD served him with the suspension letter.
"The action thereof is mainly to scandalise our client and unnecessarily sensitise the issue when you have all the facts relating to the disposal of the 2000 pair cable," added the lawyers.
When questions were forwarded to SPTC on Nzima’s latest action, Corporate Communications Manager, Sifiso Nyembe, said the letter had not yet reached the offices of their legal advisor and the acting MD, thus it would be premature to respond.
Sorry mr Nzima,you dont deserve this..God will fight this battle,all you need to do is to believe that God wont let you down.I'm with you in prayers man of God.
December 8, 2011, 3:01 am, Sile
Can somebody wear goggles and step closer to SPTC, something is definately wrong in this parastatal. Maye kwasenta kuhamba kwemangisi. safa!!!!!!!!!
December 8, 2011, 3:00 am, Kingdom (email@example.com)
What is this? In the first instance before I even comment on procedural issues, what is Procurement and Disposal of assets doing in Corporate Services, if I follow the lawyers arguments? This is purely a Finance function. SPTC, I think it's high time you sort your confusion.
December 8, 2011, 3:00 am, Zigizendoda Mbuli (ZiggyM@hotmail.com)
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