Zimbabwe: Politicians dominate Zesa boards


President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe

13 June 2014, Harare – Zimbabwe’s Energy and Power Development Minister Dzikamai Mavhaire has appointed board members for Zesa Holdings and its nine subsidiaries, with the new boards dominated by politicians and former ambassadors.

Former Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Herbert Murerwa will chair the Zesa Holdings board, while former Masvingo Governor and Resident Minister Willard Chiwewe has been appointed to head the Rural Electrification Agency board.

Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial chairperson Ambassador John Mvundura landed the ZETDC chairmanship, while Zanu-PF director for economic affairs Cde Nyasha Mandeya is a Zesa Holdings board member.

Former Zvimba East legislator Cde Patrick Zhuwawo is now vice chairperson of the Zimbabwe Power Company board that is chaired by Mr Stanely Kazhanje.

Former Chirumanzu-Kwekwe-Silobela Senator Clarissa Vongai Muchengeti was appointed to the Zimbabwe Power Company board, while Bulawayo Zanu-PF provincial chairperson Professor Callistus Ndlovu is a board member for the newly-established Kariba South Hydro Power Company.

Other politicians are former ambassador and transport deputy minister Zenzo Nsimbi (former Bulawayo MP) who is a ZETDC board member.

Zanu-PF losing candidate for Bikita West Cde Elias Musakwa was appointed a Zesa Enterprises board member and former Mutare South legislator Cde Fred Kanzama is in the PowerTel board that is chaired by Ms Tsitsi Makova.

Other politicians include Cde Jacob Chademana who lost in the Masvingo North Zanu-PF primary elections and is now in the National Oil and Infrastructure Company board under the chairmanship of Mr Shingai Mutumbwa; former Bikita East MP Cde Walter Mutsauri chairs the PetroTrade board as well as former Home Affairs Deputy Minister Cde Shadreck Chipanga and Air Vice Marshal Henry Muchena (Retired) who now works for Zanu-PF.

Speaking after unveiling the boards, Minister Mavhaire said they were balanced in terms of skills mix, experience and gender.

He said the board members should bear in mind that fuel and power were critical in making Zim-Asset a success.


– The Herald

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