Corruption scandal: Zinara fires CEO

ROAD administrator, Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) wielded the axe on chief executive officer Nancy Masiyiwa-Chamisa on Thursday as the corruption scandal rocking the parastatal reached tipping point.


Masiyiwa-Chamisa has reportedly crossed swords with Transport minister Joram Gumbo, who stands accused of protecting a group of senior managers whose jobs were on the line for various offences.

Board chairperson Wilfred Ramwi refused to comment on the matter and only said: “I am sorry, I will not be talking to you. It’s unfortunate.”
Masiyiwa-Chamisa could neither deny nor confirm the development.

“I cannot comment,” she said.
The Zinara board has reportedly met five times in the past six weeks and the legal secretary, identified as Mujokoro, argued it had sought authority from Gumbo.
“I do not speak on behalf of the board, but all I can say is we are supposed to meet once every quota, but all other meetings have the authority of the minister,” she said.

According to the letter of suspension signed by Ramwi, Masiyiwa-Chamisa was suspended with pay and benefits.
Charges against the Zinara boss include “willful abuse of authority and victimisation of officers of the authority based on factors not driven from recorded detail or their conduct and performance.”

Masiyiwa-Chamisa is also accused of gross incompetence or “ineffectiveness in the performance of your duties” and abuse of office after allegedly fraudulently claiming Zinara had guaranteed her personal loan from a local bank.

“The facts giving rise to the charges are the following: you suspended and instituted disciplinary proceedings against Simon Taranhike and Precious Murove being senior employees in circumstances where there was no reasonable cause for you to do so and you were aware that they acted in the interest of the authority and national interest,” the letter reads.

“You sought the dismissal of the said employees without the authority of the Minister for Transport. You did not fully and punctually report to the board the criminal proceedings against the employees of the authority in which you were a witness.”

Following a board resolution to institute disciplinary proceedings against Taranhike, Murove, Peter Botere and Shadreck Matengabadza, Ramwi in July last year was tasked by the board to write a warning letter to Masiyiwa-Chamisa “in light of Zinara’s loss of revenue as a result of the finance director’s conduct”.

But the board was later to be arm-twisted at Gumbo’s behest to drop charges against the senior executive through a letter that indicated all dismissals of directors needed ministerial approval.

After a series of meetings, in August last year Ramwi and his board capitulated deciding to withdraw the charges against the four “to save ourselves from impending embarrassment.”

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  1. This woman is G40. At Dr Kurasha’s funeral in Avondale I saw her get into Kasukuwere’s car. She came through Albert Mugabe. She was very incompetent. She spent her time suspending all management. As we speak, ZINARA has been operating without cartridges, bond paper for more than 4 months which are key for printing licence discs. Company has been unable to procure anything since January. Staff morale is rock bottom at ZINARA until her suspension this week. She had no clue of running the road fund. She threatened management that she is military. She ran down TN ya Nyambirai until it closed shop. She was about to run down ZINARA. Thank you Minister Gumbo for firing this charlatan. Thank Mr Ramwi for having the balls as a man to save ZINARA.

  2. She’s also MDC-she’s has been hobnobbing with members of the sellout party for the past 7 years!!

  3. Nancy is competent.
    Her crime is to block use of gvnt funds by the directors to fund Zanu activities in the coming elections.
    I worked with Nancy at SiRDC and i studied wit her, she does not make her political affiliations known, but she hates corruptions, she is a strong Christian.
    Stop lying about stuff that can cot be apportioned to her

    Walk with your head high.
    I wondered why you even joined zunuland Nan.

  4. Ukunyepa Emily.

  5. Munhu akangofambidzana nezanu anototi aite mbavha obvious

  6. Comment…Mazimbo mazhinji imbavha unenge usati wawana mukana wacho chete wekupinda mudura renzungu, hapana ari clean we ZANU kana MDC, the whole nation needs deliverance.

  7. Comment…thanks for the comments guys my sister will learn something from this but she is qualified she will rise again and walk . OPEN ANOTHER CHAPTER MHOFU

  8. Dr. Milton Chemhuru

    All those comments are personal thinking which will not change the status of individual nor the case if at all there is a case. I wonder how some of us have all the time to watch somebody’s social life??? We should respect ourselves and our women. Getting into someone’s vehicle does not mean anything to anyone. Let us leave the investigations free from unnecessary pollution of comments. We are democratic society where anyone is innocent until otherwise proved guilty.

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