Energy Minister, Fortune Chasi has defended his re-appointment of the late former president Robert Mugabe’s brother-in-law, Dr Sydney Zukuzo Gata, who was fired from ZESA in 2006.
Chasi hired Gata as executive chairman of Zesa Holdings (Pvt) Ltd board, this month, a development which triggered controversy with some saying Gata should not have been taken back since he was dismissed for incompetence.
Speaking to the Herald in an interview on the sidelines of his inaugural meeting with the 10-member board, Chasi defended the appointment saying that Gata was the best man for the job. Chasi said:
What has informed my decision is that I need somebody who has a very clear and thorough understanding of the workings of ZESA and I found that in Dr Gata.
I also needed somebody who will break the barriers, who is not bureaucratic, who understands and is current regarding what Government is looking at with regards to Zesa.
The appointment comes when Zimbabwe has an acute power crisis that prompted the power utility, ZESA, to implement power cut schedules with some leaving nost parts of the country without power for about 18 hours.
Power generation in the country is at its low as a result of shrinking water levels at Kariba dam and ageing equipment at Hwange Power Station.
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