March 23, 2021

Revisit Statutes Surrounding Ministerial Directives

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Takudzwa Chihambakwe

ZESA board chairperson, Dr Sydney Gata, has pleaded with Parliament that statutes surrounding ministerial directives should be revisited.

He said such directives have in the past led to some independent power producers being irregularly awarded licences.
Dr Gata was presenting oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts on Monday.
“…when we consider the number of cases that led to white elephant projects it is because of failure to observe the provisions of the Procurement Act (The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act), the Public Finance Management Act and the Corporate Governance Act (Public Entities Corporate Governance Act) amongst others that regulate our businesses as public enterprises,” said Dr Gata.

“It is this issue of directives that needs to be qualified and understood, for this will at times lead to doing a particular project that may not be on the business plan of the public enterprise.

“In cases when the project is in line with what is on the plan, the directive may specify a manner of
execution that is inconsistent with our statutes,” he said.

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