NetOne Hunts For New CEO


After having the case dropped off the high court and refered to the labour court, Mobile telecommunications company NetOne Cellular, has quickly began a search for a new chief executive officer to replace Lazarus Muchenje who is still contesting his dismissal from the company.

NetOne However has received a high court reprieve that allows them to advertise the position, after high court judge ruled that the matter must be heard at a labour court, hence they are no longer legally bound not to do so, as the stoppage by Muchenje’s application has been directed to a lower court.

It has however brought the question why give urgency to replace the candidate? When the matter is still before the courts, unless it confirms the Muchenje must go mantra that has always been driven by the ICT cartel.

Muchenje joined NetOne on April 1, 2018, but has never had it easy with with the first board which was then fired by Kazembe Kazembe for corrupt tendecies and now at loggerheads with Susan Mutangadura led board, over blocking ZTE from NetOne, a move experts highly recommended to be in the interests of NetOne.

Muchenje was fired three times last year, but all termination letters were withdrawn in separate instances after challenging termination of his contract at the High Court.

Netone board has however withdrawn all the charges they had laid against Muchenje , but still insisted to dismiss him.

The telecoms company issued an advert stating that the firm is looking a dynamic leader to join the team.

“Our client, NetOne Cellular (Private) Limited seeks to engage a dynamic self-driven, and results-orientated professional to fill the critical and strategic role of group chief executive officer.”

“The incumbent will provide strategic leadership and direction to the organisation as well as lead a dedicated team of technical and management experts so that they drive business performance and achieve the desired organizational growth and revenue objective. Our client is looking for the very best in the field, someone with extensive relevant knowledge and experience who embraces best practice and has passion for results driven strategies”, said the consultant.

“The group chief executive officer is responsible for leading the development and execution of NetOne’s business strategies with a view to creating shareholding value as well as day-to-day management decision for implementing the company’s long and short term plans.”

Muchenje during his tenure was popular for turning NetOne confidence from a network of the elderly into a young stylish organization, a move which roped them millions of new subscribers and turned around their revenue to US$10 million profit in 2018, from a loss position of US$77 million the previous year.

Since the battles and suspension of other management staff began, NetOne has been dropping revenues and service delivery. To date NetOne has become the worst with poor network connectivity and lack of basic services like Sim cards and airtime sales.

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