ZESA Board Chairman Sydney Gata has been suspended once again, and was barred from entering the power utility company’s headquarters pending investigations, The Sunday Mail reports.
Gata’s suspension was announced by Energy Minister Fortune Chasi who said:
Our initial stance as Government was to observe corporate governance and give the board an opportunity to deal with the matter. This entailed giving the board time to investigate the serious allegations against Dr Gata.
But alas! He (Dr Gata) decided to lock the board out of Zesa premises. He took the view that no board meetings would take place as a way to stall progress. He then proceeded to bar the board entry into Zesa premises and ordered security to lock them out,
He refused to accept the letter of suspension and instead proceeded to suspend the entire board as if he had the powers to do so. He doesn’t. It is very strange and unusual action suggesting that something was seriously wrong.
This will include barring Dr Gata from Zesa for a defined period to allow the investigations to happen. We want to be very procedural and need to.
We will continue to assume that he is innocent until proven guilty. He needs to make it easy for us, otherwise the irrational actions he is taking like firing fellow board members will cause everyone to think otherwise.
Gata was suspended last week and he reportedly refused to accept the suspension letter and went on to fire the entire ZESA board and locking them out of the ZESA headquarters. He is facing corruption charges which include criminal abuse of office among other graft charges.
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