Zi­nara ap­points new CEO

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Harare Bu­reau

THE Zim­babwe Na­tional Roads Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Zi­nara) has ap­pointed Engi­neer Nancy Masiyiwa-Chamisa as the sub­stan­tive chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer ef­fec­tive Septem­ber 1, 2016.

Eng Masiyiwa-Chamisa will most likely be un­veiled this week.

She takes over from Engi­neer Moses Juma who has been act­ing since 2014 when then CEO Mr Frank Chi­tuku­tuku re­signed un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously three months be­fore the lapse of his con­tract.

Zi­nara board chair­man Mr Al­bert Mu­gabe con­firmed to our Harare Bu­reau last week that Eng Masiyiwa-Chamisa is the new boss at the key paras­tatal.

“We have al­ready ap­pointed her. The an­nounce­ment of her ap­point­ment will be made soon.

“We were wait­ing for the Min­is­ter (of Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Jo­ram Gumbo). He was away in Bu­l­awayo and we ex­pect that by Mon­day (yes­ter­day) he would be back in Harare,” said Mr Mu­gabe.

Eng Masiyiwa-Chamisa be­comes the sec­ond wo­man to as­sume a high stakes post at a paras­tatal un­der the Min­istry of Trans­port fol­low­ing the ap­point­ment of Pro­fes­sor Chipo Dyanda as Air Zim­babwe board chair­per­son.

She joins Zi­nara at a time when it has been go­ing through a num­ber of changes in­clud­ing the re­cent sack­ing of the en­tire board bar the chair­man Mr Mu­gabe.

The Gov­ern­ment also re­cently gazetted Statu­tory In­stru­ment 91 of 2016 on the Road Mo­tor Trans­porta­tion (Pub­lic Ser­vice Ve­hi­cles) (Amend­ment) Reg­u­la­tions, through which Gov­ern­ment has di­rected the Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (Zimra) to “col­lect, for the ben­e­fit of the Road Fund, the tolls on ve­hi­cles us­ing any port of en­try as pre­scribed in the First Sched­ule”.

Zi­nara has been col­lect­ing the fees. Chair­man of the Par­lia­men­tary Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee on Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment Hon­ourable Dex­ter Nduna has wel­comed the ap­point­ment of Eng Masiyiwa-Chamisa, adding that it is in tan­dem with na­tional as­pi­ra­tions of pro­mot­ing women in top po­si­tions.

“We note that there is a new board and ex­ec­u­tive at Zi­nara; on pa­per they in­spire con­fi­dence and we will al­low them to as­sume their po­si­tions and mon­i­tor how they dis­charge their du­ties.

“She (Eng Masiyiwa-Chamisa) comes in at the deep end, aware that the road net­work re­quires about $20 bil­lion for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, re­con­struc­tion and main­te­nance.

Eng Masiyiwa-Chamisa is a holder of an MSc in Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing (CUJAE, Ha­vana, Cuba), and MSc in Man­u­fac­tur­ing Sys­tems and Op­er­a­tions Management (Uni­ver­sity of Zim­babwe), and an MBA (Eastern & South­ern African Management In­sti­tute – ESAMI: Arusha, Tan­za­nia).

She is also a Fel­low of the Zim­babwe In­sti­tu­tion of En­gi­neers (FZweIE) and di­rec­tor at the Cen­tre for Con­tin­u­ing En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Zim­babwe.

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