By Kudakwashe Pembere
A source familiar with the developments told this publication on condition of anonymity that they were shocked to learn of his sacking.
“We were shocked hearing that Dr Masuka was fired given he was a hardworking, frank and disciplined chief executive,” said the source. “You cant just fire someone like that like a dog. It would be acceptable if they gave him a formal warning.”
With indications attributing the dismissal linked to the United Arab Emirates delegation visit at the institution, the source thinks there could be ulterior motives. The UAE delegation has been touring the country’s health institutions with Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo whose mobile phone was unreachable being the tour guide.
“I think there is more to the notion that he was fired because of the UAE delegation. What happened was that when the UAE delegation arrived at the hospital, Dr Masuka was not in the office. You see most of the time when you hold such a position as CEO, you are hardly available in the office as you will be attending other crucial meetings. There are often times that even the President could arrive at the institution when you will be out on official business meaning you have to return to the office,” the source said. “I am convinced there could be ulterior motives leading to this development.”
The source added that this is not the first time such a case has happened.
“You know the past four superintendents were sacked in the same manner and one of them was told to raise his hands and walk out the door,” said the source. “You know what they do is when someone is dedicated to his job, they fire him.”
Dr Masuka who was once a Provincial Medical Director for Matebeleland North joined Harare Hospital in May last year.