Hwange Power Station (HPS) general manager Ndabezinhle Mphoko has been suspended indefinitely for alleged incompetence.
Mphoko has been replaced by the company’s engineering manager as acting general manager.
However, well-placed sources at the power utility claimed the suspension was tribally-motivated.
An official at the company said: “Our general manager Ndabezinhle Mphoko has been suspended not because he failed in his duties, but because he is Ndebele. How do you judge the performance of such a senior manager, who has held that post for a mere one year?”
HPS is part of the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC), a subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) Holdings.
ZPC managing director Noah Gwariro refused to comment on the matter yesterday referring all questions to Zesa spokesman Fullard Gwasira.
But Gwasira said: “Issues of suspension, promotion and recruitment are purely internal matters and we do not discuss such issues with the Press.”
He, however, added: “Issues of performance are taken seriously at Zesa. You are aware Zesa is a strategic national asset that must deliver value.”
Yesterday, sources said the suspension was effected on Monday through ZPC operations director Wonder Magura.
Magura was reported to be in a meeting yesterday.
It is understood Mphoko reportedly failed to ensure the water treatment plant at the station was functional.