“We want our US$5 million back”, new Energy minister Chasi guns for Wicknell
THE old adage “new brooms sweep clean” may be true if the threats by new Minister of Energy and Power Development Fortune Chasi are anything to go by.
Before his second day in the new office has ended, Advocate Chasi has called on Zesa management to do everything to ensure that the US$5 million advanced to Wicknell Chivayo’s Intratek Zimbabwe for the Gwanda Solar Project is recovered.
Minister Chasi said even if the courts have exonerated the company and its director Wicknell Chivayo, Government needs the money recovered at all cost.
“We want our $5 million back”, he said.
Chasi was elevated from deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development on Tuesday by President Mnangagwa, replacing Joram Gumbo for whom a new portfolio was immediately created.
Gumbo has been consistently under fire as the country’s fuel situation failed to improve under is tenure, although he persistently deflected the blame to Treasury and the Reserve Bank for failing to provide foreign currency to procure the fuel from suppliers.
Chasi was President Mnangagwa’s deputy at the Ministry of Justice a few years ago, and has been deputizing Joel Biggie Matiza at the transport ministry since after the July 2018 elections.
However, Gumbo’s face saver is that he has been appointed Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in Charge of Implementation and Monitoring, a new portfolio just created.
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