PSMI Worker Commits Suicide Over Death Threats, Mounting Debts
A Premier Service Medical Investments (PSMI) loss control supervisor, Bernard Chatindivara, took his own life on Saturday after failing to pay debts he accrued while doing company business.
Chatindivara, who joined PSMI in June 2012, was stationed at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo.
PSMI national workers committee chairperson Munyaradzi Nharaunda confirmed Chatindiwara’s death to NewsDay.
He said the deceased would be buried at his rural area in Chiweshe, Mashonaland Central Province on Wednesday, 08 March. Said Nharaunda:
Yes, a fellow employee who was a loss control region B supervisor committed suicide in Bulawayo.
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He had no fuel for his vehicle to move around, and as a result, he borrowed money for that.
The debts accumulated and the company failed to pay the debts yet he was doing its business.
He was also being threatened by the workers whom he caught doing wrong things. He received death threats.
He once lodged a complaint over (the issue and requested) to be transferred.
We even liaised with our management, but it resisted.
We don’t know what happened, but eventually, he committed suicide.
On 6 February, Chatindivara wrote to the acting loss control manager Caesar Nyamajiwa alleging he had received death threats for exposing theft at the company. He wrote:
On January 23, I submitted a report on the missing spare wheels, battery and the waste damaged properties of vehicle NP200 with registration number AEN 0831, which I copied to Mr. S Dhliwayo who forwarded the report to Sibonginkosi Ndlovu to respond.
During the process, Ndlovu forwarded the report to Itai Mapasure who was not entitled to see it and after seeing it he started to hunt me and threatened to fight or kill me.
Ndlovu had no right whatsoever in his capacity to release the confidential information to Itai.
The case is still under investigation by investigation officer Constable Moyo from Bulawayo Central under reference number IR633/23.
Chatindivara then sought an urgent transfer to Harare saying he no longer felt safe working in the region. However, his request was denied.
Meanwhile, civil servants on Monday urged Parliament to investigate the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) to establish the cause for the closure of health facilities owned by PSMI.
PSMI is a subsidiary of the Premier Service Medical Aid Society.
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