Nyambuya, Gata clash over new Zesa board

Ray Matikinye


ENERGY and Power Development minister Mike Nyambuya this week blocked attempts by Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) chief executive officer Sydney Gata to impose his associates on the power utility’s board of directors.

Nyamb

uya resisted the move arguing that the names on Gata’s list needed to be sanctioned by the president.
President Mugabe approves board members for all parastatals.

Gata allegedly forwarded the names of Frank Sambo, Obert Nyatanga and Cletus Nyachowe as candidates for the new board.

Before the announcement of the board on Wednesday, Gata was locked in a meeting with Nyambuya as he tried to persuade the minister to announce additional names.

Government on Wednesday appointed a new Zesa board. The operations of the power utility have been under Gata’s exclusive charge as he doubled up as executive chairman and CEO since 2003.

Gata has run Zesa as a de facto one-man show for the past two years.

Professor Christopher Chetsanga, Jonathan Kadzura, Francis Chirimuuta, retired Brigadier General David Chiwenza and Dr Ndabezihle Dube were appointed to the board.

Sambo, who Gata wanted on the board, was retrenched and then rehired as a consultant at a rate of  $1,3 million an hour.