A DISPUTE has arisen over the dismissal of Zambia Railways chief executive officer Muyenga Atanga.
Prof Atanga claims that he tendered his resignation from the company yesterday giving 90 days notice, but board chairman Davis Chama has revealed that the Board of Directors met last Friday and decided to terminate the services of Prof Atanga, giving him 90 days to vacate the office.
But by yesterday Prof Atanga said he had submitted a letter of resignation giving Government a 90-day notice. But neither the chairman of the board nor Prof Atanga could explain why they appeared to be parting company in acrimonious circumstances.
Mr. Chama said it was not true that Professor Atanga resigned but that the board terminated his contract because of issues which would be communicated to the members of the public and other stakeholders sometime this week.
“We terminated his contract last week on Friday the 29th May, 2015. But I hear that he has pushed in a resignation letter today. But the board made that decision and he was communicated to already,” he said. Mr. Chama said last week on Friday the board gave Professor Atanga 90 days to vacant his office, according to the contract.
But ZRL head corporate affairs Benson Ngula said Professor Atanga tendered in his resignation yesterday after invoking article 21 of his contract and has since given Government 90 days’ notice.
Mr. Ngula explained that article 21 of Prof. Atanga’s contract gives either party authority to terminate the contract. “He has invoked article 21 of his contract to seek for the termination of his contract. In his contract there is article 21 which states that either party can terminate or involke the termination of the contract. In-fact it is the one (Prof. Atanga) has applied and given 90-day notice to the board at ZRL of the termination of his contract,” he said.
Prof. Atanga was appointed chief executive officer after President Michael Sata fired Professor Clive Chirwa in national interest in 2013.