Dr. Gata re-instated
Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda, says President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has directed the reinstatement of the entire Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) holdings board, led by Dr Sydney Gata. This comes after a preliminary investigation by the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) absolved Dr Gata of any wrong-doing in four of the six allegations of abuse of office levelled against him.
A statement posted on the official social media sites of the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, shows that the President’s decision to reinstate the board is upon realisation of ZESA’s strategic nature in the country. In the statement, Dr Sibanda said, ZACC, is still investigating, Dr Gata on two allegations, initially levelled against him, of interfering in disciplinary proceedings of a senior Zesa employee and payment of ghost employees. Dr Sibanda said all board members are allowed to continue in their capacities until allegations of gross misconduct levelled against them by former Energy and Power Development Minister, Fortune Chasi are finalised. ZACC, cleared Dr Gata on allegations of self allocation of six vehicles for family and personal use, authorising an expenditure of 10 million dollars for christmas parties in Hwange and Kariba last year without board approval, unilaterally installing solar equipment at his Borrowdale residence using Zesa funds and setting up a trust called ZESIT to undertake several Zesa projects.