Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) chief executive officer Sydney Gata has allegedly been bragging of protection he gets from President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
This comes amid reports Gata’s recently appointed nephews and friends are earning hefty USD$ 16 000 monthly salaries each and top of the range cars among huge benefits from the power utility.
Gata’s kins Fortune Sambo, Macrone Utah, Engineer Nyachowe and Emmanuel Midzi among other cronies including the likes of George Manyaya and Egen Choga are currently earning hefty salaries and huge benefits necessitated by the retrenchment of employees that did not enjoy the luxury of these benefits.
Nehanda Radio reports that Gata is actually lobbying for the hiking of ZESA tariffs that will burden ordinary citizens while his relatives and cronies are enjoying massive salaries and benefits. Said a source:
Where on earth have you seen or witnessed the chief executive officer, nephew and uncle being called from home with no procedure or interviews.
To be allocated a monthly salary of $US 16 000, as if that is not enough just a couple of hours ago they were issued with brand new Prados and Fortuners.
Gata actually has the audacity to brag that he visited President Emmerson Mnangagwa last weekend and requested for tariff increases to further burden low-income earners.
Gata’s kin and kith reemployed at ZESA were top executive officers during the reign of the late former president Robert Mugabe.
A source that spoke to Nehada Radio said about 8 000 ZESA employees are being underpaid at the expense of Gata’s relatives and friends. Added the source:
Gata is stealing with the first family.
Gata bragged that the last report by ZACC was poured cold water by HE (Mnangagwa). ZACC wanted him arrested but the President said no. Guys I’m shocked at this level of corruption. He is also protected by Godwin Matanga, his nephew (Commissioner General of Police).
Gata who is the brother-in-law of the late former president Robert Mugabe was re-appointment to the post in November 2019 after being fired for incompetence in 2006.
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