Mnangagwa vows to rehire Zesa technocrats

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Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa

BY MIRIAM MANGWAYA

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said his government had convinced some former Zesa technocrats who were holding senior positions abroad to come back home and assist in finding a solution to the country’s power
crisis.

Government resolved to lure back over 400 ex-Zesa employees who went abroad in search of greener pastures and to re-employ them in the parastatal.

“As you are aware, over the years Zesa lost over 400 critical staff and they are working at different companies around the globe,” Mnangagwa said at the Zimbabwe Diaspora Engagement Forum at St Regis downtown in Dubai.

“I approved a programme whereby we are luring them to come back home and work for the country. Some were in Australia, South Africa, Canada and we have managed to lure some who occupied top positions in America, the country that is always castigating us. So I am happy that some have come back and I have no doubt that they will continue to come back to commit their expertise and skills back home. I have no doubt that in no time, in two years’ time or so, we will say goodbye to the power deficit in Zimbabwe.”

Last year, Zesa executive chairman Sydney Gata said the power utility had appointed five former employees, adding that the company would continue to lure more experienced former technocrats.

Gata said engagements with more technocrats based abroad were underway.

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