President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reinstated Zesa Holdings executive chairperson Sydney Gata barely a month after his suspension after the country’s anti-graft body cleared him of four out of six charges that were levelled on him, a statement from the office of the president has shown.
The power utility has over been years been dogged by a series of scandals that have claimed the scalps of senior managers and board members.
Last month President Emmerson Mnangagwa suspended Gata and other Zesa directors on allegations of gross misconduct paving way for a probe into the entity.
Before his supension, Gata had been on a warpath with the recently sacked Energy minister Fortune Chasi over the state of affairs at the power utility.
The acts of misconduct that Gata was accused of and which necessitated an investigation by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission included self-allocation of six vehicles for personal and family use; authorising an expenditure exceeding ZW$10 million for Christmas parties in Hwange and Kariba; unilaterally installing solar equipment at his Borrowdale home; setting up a trust to carry out Zesa projects; interfering with Zesa projects and allegedly authorising the payment of ghost workers at the power utility. He has been cleared of the first charges and investigations into the last two are still pending according to a government statement.
Mnangagwa, Sibanda said also instructed new Energy minister Soda Zhemu to examine corporate governance practices at the power utility and provide recommendations if there any malpractices.