OWEN MATAVA in Kwekwe
A forensic audit by a leading accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) that was released last year, unearthed massive rot in the operations of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority leading to the dismissal of eight top managers last week while several other managers at all levels will be subjected to a disciplinary action not later than the 31st of this month, midlands news can reveal.
While efforts to get a comment from Zesa Holdings proved fruitless by the time of publishing, midlands news has established that the dismissed eight senior managers are, ZPC acting Managing Director, Joshua Chirikuutsi, Zetdc Managing Director, Julien Chinembiri, Zetdc Head of Finance, Thoko Dhliwayo, ZPC Finance Director, Hubert Chiwara, Zent Managing Director, Tererai Mutasa, and two other senior managers with Zent one Tichivangana and Dafana.
ZPC general manager, Washington Mareya has been given three months notice pending dismissal.
The managers were accused of breaching procurement procedures among many other issues.
midlands news has gathered that out of line procurement procedures and services provided by bogus and unregistered companies prejudiced the power utility of millions of dollars and this could have triggered the latest developments.
The leaked memo reads:
Disciplinary action Results of matters that went before hearings after recommendations of the forensic audit:-
J Chirikuutsi (OPS Director ZPC) – dismissed 20/03/2020
Eng. Chikuvi (Technical Director ZPC) – demoted by one grade
H Chiwara (Finance Director ZPC) – dismissed 30/03/2020
- Mareya (Gen. Manager ZPC projects) – Given three months notice for dismissal
J Chinembiri (MD ZETDC) – dismissed 30/03/2020
T Dhliwayo (Finance Director) ZETDC – Dismissed 30/03/2020
R Katsande (Commercial Manager ZETDC and Acting MD ZETDC) – demoted to GM post most probably Southern Region but still engaging
Choda (Transmission Director) – Acquitted and back at work
Shereni (Revenue Assurance) – demoted
Mutasa (MD Zent) – dismissed 20/04/2020
Tichivangana (Zent) – dismissed 18/04/2020
Dafana (Technical director Zent) – dismissed 20/04/2020
Mharadze ZPC – acquitted
Mazana ZETDC – matter yet to be finalised
Chisina – acquitted
- Chendume – matter yet to be finalized
Muzavazi – penalised by removal of some allowances
P Utete – issued with a very *strong* warning
Chengeta – acquitted
I did not get two names but will confirm with Cde Shumba who was also capturing.
Three managers were suspended on 02/07/2020 after displaying gross insubordination. The suspensions, the Dr said is pending dismissal. Namely, Pasipanodya,
Matunja and Gwasira.
More managers were also disciplined but the Dr will announce after engaging and advising them of their fate. This will be by next week Friday.
Chikuri ZPC moved from ZPC head office to Byo power station as Power plant manager
Tshuma moved to Hwange power station as Acting GM
Katsande to be Southern region GM but however yet to be finalised as they are still engaging
Maswera to be Acting MD ZPC
Chiuraise to be Projects manager ZPC h/o
Chinaka moved from western region GM to be acting MD ZETDC
Chibasa Flo to be Acting head corporate services replacing Pasi
- Marandu to be Acting head audit and risk
- Utete to be Acting group stakeholders manager replacing Gwasira
Gurupira GM eastern now moving to Harare region
Munodawafa – to be moved to a region they will agree
Dadi – to be moved to a region they will agree
Mugumbati moved from NTC to Head office
Makuvaza moved from Hwange to NTC
The EC will engage HRMs coming week and announce their redeployment and others to be disciplined as they have cases in forensic audit
This to include all other managers at regional level. In essence all these moves and actions should be completed by 31/07/2020
The latest development comes barely a month after midlands news broke the story of the suspension of nine managers with Zetdc Southern Region including general manager King Dube.
The nine managers who are on a three months suspension pending investigations are suspected to be part of a wider illegal power connections cartel that could have fleeced the power utility of millions of dollars in revenue.
Insiders say a team of investigators from Harare has since been dispatched to Kwekwe and Gweru as the power provider seeks to get to the bottom of the matter.