ENERGY and Power Development Minister, Fortune Chasi, yesterday fired the entire Zesa board for failing to “appreciate the urgency of the situation we are in”.
The fired seven-member Zesa board was appointed by former Energy minister Joram Gumbo on March 19 and will probably go down as the shortest serving board.
The country is battling acute electricity shortages, and Minister Chasi said the board was not doing much to address the power challenges. He said he would replace the board with people who do not wait for monthly or quarterly meetings to address the power challenges confronting the nation.
“I have fired the Zesa board,” said Minister Chasi.
Asked why he had sacked the board which was only appointed on March 19 this year, Minister Chasi said: “I want people who appreciate the urgency of the situation we are in. I did not see that in them.
“The challenges at Zesa are deep-seated and they need people who are hands-on, who will not wait for a quarterly meeting or monthly meeting or things like that. So I will be looking around for men and women of integrity who have the experience, who are proven, not academic persons.”
Minister Chasi said he would not rush to appoint a new board, as long as he will get the right people for the task.
“(It will take) as long as it is necessary. We will get the right people; people who will give the nation and the market the right signals that we are serious about turning around Zesa. So those are the women and men that I will be looking for,” he said.
Former Cottco managing director, Mr Collins Chihuri,was the board chairman.
Other members included; deputy chairman Engineer Benson Munyaradzi, a Ministry of Energy official who represented the ministry’s interests on the board.
Ms Jacqueline Sande, Trust Chifamba, Mr Hussein Omar, Mrs Cathrine Befura and Mr Thomas Timire were the other board members.