Shiana Mhizha and Debra Matabvu
The Public Service Association (PSA) has pulled out of the Apex Council, citing irregularities in the manner in which elections to choose a new executive were conducted.
The polls, which were preceded by the amendment of the council’s constitution, saw Mr David Dzatsunga being elected chairperson of the civil servant representative group.
PSA president Ms Cecilia Alexander said her association took the decision “because of inherent injustice in the Apex Council”.
The Apex Council comprises all the country’s civil servant representative associations while the PSA consists of non-teachers.
“We have dissociated ourselves from the council,” she said.
“A constitution is supposed to be amended over a 40-day period when everyone has been given time to look at the amendments. However, in this case, it took just 14 days. It is such unconstitutional acts that have seen us decide to keep our distance.”
Ms Alexander said the previous constitution stipulated that a PSA member was supposed to be elected to the helm of the council.
“According to the constitution, before amendment, it was now the PSA’s turn to take over the leadership.
“However, some people saw it fit to amend the constitution to meet their own selfish interests.
“I’m not power hungry, but things should be done in a proper way . . . I cannot sit and watch such injustice. I was elected to protect my union and I will do exactly that,” she said.
Contacted for comment, Mr Dzatsunga said: “This will not have any effect on how the Apex Council operates as negotiations with Government for the review of civil service salaries will continue with or without the PSA.
“On close analysis, it is difficult to say whether the PSA has pulled out of the Apex Council because some of its members are still actively involved in our structures.”
Mr Dzatsunga refused to comment on allegations that the Apex Council constitution was improperly amended.