THE Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa)’s long-serving chief executive officer Albert Muyambo last week left the water utility under a cloud amid reports that he had been forced into early retirement.
Sources at Zinwa said Muyambo, a civil engineer by training and one of the prominent large dam designers in the country, left in a huff after a notice was emailed to all staff advising that he had taken early retirement.
His other projects included the designing of Tokwe-Mukosi Dam, which is set to be the country’s largest inland dams when complete.
“I left with effect from October 1, 2014 and I’m serving my three months’ notice at home till end of December this year,” Muyambo said, but referred further questions to Zinwa management.
Zinwa spokesman Tsungirirai Shoriwa yesterday confirmed Muyambo’s departure.
“He left last week, but you can speak with the permanent secretary in the ministry for further details,” Shoriwa said.
Efforts to get a comment from Environment, Water and Climate permanent secretary Prince Mupazviriwo were futile as his mobile phone went unanswered.
However, informed sources said Muyambo’s abrupt departure could be linked to the Zanu PF factional fights.
“Muyambo was seen as Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s point person at the water authority. Things started changing when Saviour Kasukuwere took over as the new minister and he appointed a new board,” the source said.
The source added: “The ministry sent him on retirement considering his age, but he still had a valid contract with Zinwa.”