Zesa massive loss: 8 top managers sent packing

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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

  1. 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

  1. 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.

Movements

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

  1. Marandu to be Acting head audit and risk
  2. 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.

READ: BREAKING: ZETDC suspends 9 Southern Region top officials over suspected underhand dealings