The newly appointed board chairperson, Dr Sydney Gata has said that he is aware that his re-appointment to the post was not without controversy as was the case when he was appointed for many other posts before.
Speaking to the Sunday Mail’s Chief Reporter Kuda Bwititi in an interview, Gata said that what matters is that he had a good record and passion for engineering, attributes he believes will help him deliver expected goals and objectives.
Gata was re-appointed when the country has an acute shortage in power which has threatened the local industry and it remains to be seen when and or if he will be able to turn around the state of affairs. Below is an excerpt from the interview.
This is not the first time that my appointments have been criticised. When I was first appointed as the first black lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe’s Faculty of Engineering, as well as the first black non-executive director of the then Electricity Supply Commission (ESC) in September 1981, there was a lot of acrimony.
Since then, I have been appointed board member of the Central African Power Corporation (1983-1989), the first black general manager of ZESA (1986-1992), Zambezi River Authority board member (1989-1991), ZESA executive chairman (2000-2002), ZESA Holdings executive chairman (2002-2006) and founding chairman of the then Rural Electrification Fund.
So my record speaks for itself, and I challenge anyone who says I am incompetent. I have four degrees in engineering and science from internationally renowned institutions. So not only am I qualified for the job, but I have a passion for engineering.
What should be understood clearly is that I have never appointed myself to these positions. All these appointments were by invitation. That shows that those who have appointed me are confident of my track record, which is there for everyone to scrutinise.
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