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Zimbabwe: Petrotrade Board Dissolved On Charges of Poor Corporate Governance


ENERGY and Power Development Minister, Zhemu Soda has dissolved the PetroTrade board over allegations of poor corporate governance.

The board members were; Advocate Tinomudaishe Chinyoka, the board chairperson, who was deputised by Zanele Dube.

The others included, Gladys Mumhure, Simbabrashe Eric Mhuriro, Ferida Matambo, former MDC Alliance MP who has now joined Zanu PF Lilian Timveous, Getrude Marabada, Godfrey Ncube and Dakarai Mukuku.

Soda told journalists Wednesday, some of the board members had already resigned following their suspension on March 9 this year.

The Energy minister, who is currently battling incessant power cuts, told the media that the board had unprocedurally appointed senior staff members without due diligence.

“On March 9, 2022, I suspended the entire board of directors for Petrotrade, which I had appointed in terms of section 11 of the Public Entities , Corporate Governance Act on May 2021.

“This was a result of incidents that raised corporate governance issues concerns, in particular the appointment of staff. I then appointed a team to look into the matter and a report has since been submitted to my office.

“The team’s findings are that the appointment of senior staff was not done according to procedure,” Soda told journalists.

Prior to the appointment of the sacked board, the oil company had gone for five years of operating without a board.

The now sacked board chair, Chinyoka had, however, dragged the minister to court over allegations of corruption at the firm.