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Mnangagwa petitioned over Zesa corruption



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    Youth Against Corruption (Yac) has petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa demanding him to act on corruption at power utility Zesa Holdings (Zesa).

    Yac accused Zesa senior management of firing nine of its workers for exposing corruption.

    "We write to you, after realisation of the dismissal of Zesa employees on April 4, 2018. Upon our interaction with the employees and the board that represented them herewith Energy Sector Workers Union of Zimbabwe (Eswuz), we realised that the employees were exposing corruption and irregular financial transactions among other issues.

    "As a result of their actions, a disciplinary committee was convened and the workers were dismissed."

    Yac pleaded with Mnangagwa to assist the fired workers.

    "It is our request that your respected office consider to look into the issues of corruption raised by the Zesa employees, which resulted in a number of employees being dismissed, assist the workers whose rights might have been violated to be afforded a fair and reasonable outcome given their braveness to question issues of corruption at Zesa.

    "The case stands as a good example in which citizens of Zimbabwe will get courage to expose corruption or whistle blow without fear of dismissal, intimidation or threat and doing that within the confines of our laws."

    Zesa employees were suspended in March before being fired a month later for allegedly participating in an illegal demonstration against corruption at Zesa last year.

    Zesa Holdings and its subsidiary the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) senior management are also being accused of advancing $5 million to businessman Wicknell Chivhayo for Gwanda Solar Project pre-commencement works, despite Chivayo not providing a performance guarantee as required by law.

    Recently, while officiating at the ground-breaking ceremony for Hwange Power Station units 7 and 8, Mnangagwa said Zesa workers must work hard and stop corruption.

    "I therefore, exhort Zesa, together with their partners and other local businesses that will participate in this project to be financially accountable, prudent and transparent during the course of the implementation of this project," said Mnangagwa.

    "I also urge all employees to exercise a good work ethic grounded on diligence, honesty, hard work, teamwork, unity and harmony.

    "I challenge you all to make concerted efforts to complete this project on time or before time. The days of never ending projects are over."