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All is not well at Varichem Pharmaceuticals

By Citizen Reporter

HARARE – All is not well at Varichem Pharmaceuticals with employees complaining that the appointment of Alexio Muchabaiwa as the company’s Managing Director has created a myriad of problems affecting their morale.

All is not well at Varichem Pharmaceuticals

Not only did Muchabaiwa scrap employee loans but workers claim they are being forced to work overtime with no pay.

“If anyone refuses to work overtime they are fired, the latest being three guys from the production department who were fired 4 weeks ago,” a source said.

Only top managers are given transport allowances of $600 monthly while the rest are only given $40. The company which manufactures life-prolonging anti-retrovirals (ARV’s) is said to be bankrupt and selling company cars and buses.

“Is this the black empowerment that we all talking about since this company is 100% locally owned” an angry worker asked.

In 2010 Varichem became the first wholly indigenous African company to attain World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification.

Two of the ARVs they manufactured include Stalanev 30 (Stavudine 30mg, Nevirapine 200mg, Lamivudine 150mg) and Varivar (Lamivudine 150mg, Zidovudine 300mg), which were also prequalified.

But last year in March Varichem said they had stopped the production of ARV’s owing to a lack of support from the local market. Its state-of-the-art machinery lay idle together with almost 70 percent of the other machinery on the plant.

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  • Chisora

    I would think the problem at the company could be arrogance and staff would not believe that their own black man would turn around the organization. Change of mindset is necessary. If that was a white manager scrapping those benefits off, they would welcome it and say the boss is turning the fortunes around. Believe in the manager guys and give him support. believe me it will be better for all of you in future as the company will turn around. If the company is truly bankrupt, such measures are very welcome and staff morale should be at its highest otherwise i see darkness in their future unless they embrace the animal called “CHANGE”. The appointment of the new manager could be because the previous ones had erred and collectively driven the fortunes of the company to the ground. Business politics should be understood also by the journalist of this article. Indigenisation should not be interpreted to sleeping on the Job and behaving like one is employed by a ministry.

  • Dennyson Masanzu BPharm, PhD

    source of the story is small minded. you cannot destroy varichem through cyberspace journalists

    • But the fact that you have been forced to comment here means those cyberspace journalists have an impact. Newspapers are on their way out mudhara. You need to be alive to the new reality that the internet is the future.

    • Saif al Zim

      BPharm , PhD – Glorified shopkeeper

  • Dennyson Masanzu BPharm, PhD

    varichem remains the most vibrant pharmaceutical manufacturer, and sole manufacturer of arvs in zim. The publisher should have verified facts before trying to destroy such a reputable corporate through cheap propaganda provided by disgruntled employees dismissed for gross misconduct. Companies in Zim cannot keep rotten eggs coz they are indegenous; or because a new MD has been appointed; or because they aare scared that the cyberspace journalists will publish unverified stories. I advise the new MD to be steadfast and run the company the way he knows will save jobs and help the company survive the current harsh economic environment in Zim

    • But you have not addressed the issues raised by the employees. You are merely putting up a defence for the well taken management who are not being affected by the so-called cuts you are making.

      • YOWE

        uri cleaner mucompany unoda kutambira zvakafanana nezvaFinance Manager????? apa hapana nyaya companies dispose of assets all the time does it mean they are bankrupt??? iwe ndiwe wakatumira chinyaya ichi unenge wakadzingwa…go to labour court if you have issues

  • stalanev 30

    comments above are misguided. it is true that people were fired for refusal to come for overtime which was due for 8 months. As we speak workers are receiving 80% salary for 4 working days yet they are still being forced to work Fridays,weekends and night shift