Zinwa fires 4 di­rec­tors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bureau Chief

THE Zimbabwe Na­tional Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (ZINWA) has fired four di­rec­tors for al­leged in­com­pe­tence.

En­gi­neer Is­rael Rwodzi, Wa­ter Sup­ply Op­er­a­tions, Mr Hon­est Murindagomo, Fi­nance, Eng Bongile Ndi­weni, Projects and Plan­ning and Eng Sa­muel Sun­guro, Ground­wa­ter and Drilling Ser­vices were re­lieved of their du­ties af­ter a Zinwa board meet­ing last week.

The di­rec­tors, sources al­leged, failed to put in place mech­a­nisms to en­sure that the cash strapped wa­ter au­thor­ity, which has not paid its work­ers in eight months, re­cov­ers over $140 mil­lion it is owed by clients who in­clude lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and farm­ers.

“At the same time, the Zinwa debt has also bal­looned to about $50 mil­lion un­der the watch of the di­rec­tors,” said sources at the wa­ter au­thor­ity.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dr Jefter Sakup­wanya, in a state­ment yes­ter­day, con­firmed the ax­ing of the four di­rec­tors.

He said Zinwa has em­barked on re­struc­tur­ing pro­gramme as it seeks to en­hance op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency and re­po­si­tion it­self for the full ex­e­cu­tion of its man­date as spelt out in the Zinwa and Wa­ter Acts.

Dr Sakup­wanya said: “Pur­suant to this new thrust and fo­cus, the struc­ture of the or­gan­i­sa­tion has been af­fected. As such the Zinwa board, on its Novem­ber 3 meet­ing, re­solved to send the di­rec­torate on leave pend­ing ter­mi­na­tion of em­ploy­ment con­tracts. The leave is with ef­fect from Novem­ber 8 (Tues­day.)”

He said Eng Al­bert Mare, who is head raw wa­ter, will be act­ing di­rec­tor re­spon­si­ble for Wa­ter Sup­ply Op­er­a­tions.

Dr Sakup­wanya said Eng Tau­rai Mau­rukira (De­signs and Con­struc­tion Man­ager) has been ap­pointed act­ing di­rec­tor En­gi­neer­ing and Hy­dro­log­i­cal Ser­vices.

“Mr Wir­i­mai Rut­sito, the head of­fice man­age­ment ac­coun­tant has been ap­pointed act­ing fi­nance di­rec­tor,” he said.

Dr Sakup­wanya said Zinwa’s strate­gic thrust is an­chored on the need to en­sure wa­ter avail­abil­ity for all ci­ti­zens, re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion for the com­ple­tion of wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture projects, im­proved vis­i­bil­ity, col­lec­tion of out­stand­ing debts, drought mit­i­ga­tion and the main­te­nance, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture. — @pchi­tumba1

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