Zimbabwe’s Energy Minister Calls for New Board Members

  • Zimbabwe’s Energy Minister, Fortune Chasi, has made an open call for applications for board membership positions within State Owned Entities in the energy sector.
  • Women & youth are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The appointments aims to do away with mismanagement, nepotism, and corruption in the country’s energy sector.

In an exclusive interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Chasi said the decision was made in order to help him widen his reach before making a choice on the candidate.

“The open call is going to help in the sense that it brings a broader range of people to choose from, not having a small group that is known just by myself. We have more people applying and we will conduct interviews and we can be able to identify skilled people that we need,” he revealed.

The energy minister added that he was also doing this to ensure transparency.

“Just to make sure that the process is open and transparent, and that there is a bigger pool from which to select board members rather than just thinking of people whom I know,” he said.

This development comes after Chasi decided to dissolve the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) board. This decision was taken as Chasi felt that the board was not doing much to address the power challenges.

The Board has failed to “appreciate the urgency of the situation we are in”, he said.

The minister then assured that he will replace the board with people who do not wait for monthly or quarterly meetings to address power challenges confronting the nation.

Author: Babalwa Bungane

This article was originally published on ESI Africa and is republished with permission with minor editorial changes.

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