Zesa Holdings group chief executive officer Engineer Ben Rafemoyo, whose continued stay at the power utility has been subject to speculation, has gone into early retirement with immediate effect.
He served the power utility for 29 years.
Rafemoyo’s future at the embattled power utility has been shrouded in doubt ever since reports emerged that political pressure was being applied on him to quit.
Speaking at a press conference in Harare on Thursday, Rafemoyo said it was not easy to lead a organisation facing so many challenges, describing some of the time he spent at the power utility as “dark years”.
“It was not easy to lead a parastatal that is capital-hungry and was suffering from a high skills flight.
The years 2006 to 2008 were difficult learning years,” said Rafemoyo.
“It should be a lot easier now to keep the lights burning than in the dark years we are coming from.
“The company still lacks resources; thanks to the government of national unity things are getting better.
I hope to see glitter rather than smoke.”
Ask on what his next move would be Rafemoyo said: “I am going to rest starting from tomorrow (today).
I was made to believe that the higher you go, the cooler it becomes only to be proven wrong when at the helm.”