Zimbabwe: President appoints Zinara board members

Additional board members of the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) and Zimbabwe Airports Company (ACZ) have been appointed by President Mnangagwa as the Second Republic continues to ensure transparency and accountability. responsibility within public entities.

The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Felix Mhona, announced the members of the board of directors yesterday.

Dr George Manyaya has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Zinara for the next three years, taking over with immediate effect.

Ms. Lizwe Bunu has been reappointed for her second term as Vice-Chair of Zinara’s Board of Directors for the next three years from January 13, 2022.

Alderman Naason Mudzara has also been reappointed as a member of Zinara’s board of directors for the next three years with effect from January 13 of next year.

For ACZ, Ms. Sinikiwe Gwatidzo will assume the role of vice-president of the company for three years with immediate effect.

“On December 1, 2021, I announced additional appointments to the boards of directors of five public entities under my jurisdiction. Today we are meeting again to announce further appointments to the boards of Zinara and ACZ.

“As you may be aware, the terms of the board members expire on different dates and with nine public entities reporting to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development, these appointments are announced regularly. obligations under Article 11 of the Law on Corporate Governance of Public Entities, ”he said.

Minister Mhona said forming public entity boards is a critical part of his corporate governance oversight duties as line minister.

“Councils are a rich source of strategic direction and direction for the management of public entities in carrying out their mandates to provide goods and services to the people.

Minister Mhona added that among the nominations, President Mnangagwa had approved the appointment of two women of integrity as vice-chairs of the boards of Zinara and ACZ.

Under the Constitution, women are to occupy a much greater place in public entities, and it is now general practice that the president and vice-president of any entity are of the opposite sex.

Board members go through a rigorous and meticulous vetting process, said Minister Mhona, which implies that their appointment was based on merit, integrity and their knowledge, understanding and experience of strategic leadership of the public entities under which they are to serve.

Newly appointed board members were advised to be aware of the need to implement good corporate governance principles in their practice.

Minister Mhona advised board members to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the law on corporate governance of public entities.

While the boards of public entities do not do the detailed management and the minister of the line ministry is also outside the detailed management loop, the board is responsible for translating general policy into strategic programs, then ensure that management translates both these strategic principles into practice and that management is up to the task.

The board is also the main watchdog when it comes to keeping corruption or abuse of power at bay.

The minister was clear on what was needed. He said that in Zinara there was an immediate need to provide strategic guidance on, among other aspects, decongestion of toll barriers, working closely with the ministry for the renovation and construction of toll plazas. , and the coordination and capacity building of road authorities to ensure maximum withdrawals from the road fund for road maintenance.

Minister Mhona said there was also a need to implement various regulatory instruments regarding bypassing, banning vendors from toll gates, extended period of blockage by broken down vehicles and resource mobilization, learning and adopting good practices from other road funds on emerging issues to ensure modern funding models for sustainable logistics solutions and formulate and deploy a strong multi-stakeholder communication strategy.

In addition, there is a need to develop appropriate human capital attitudes based on optimal motivation frameworks in line with Zinara’s performance and to strengthen and expand the committee system to work as incubators of working groups. innovative programs to improve accountability and financial prudence for subsequent approval by the full pension.

At ACZ, Minister Mhona said he fervently hopes Vice President Ms. Bunu will work with her colleagues to ensure a number of expectations are met.

Some of the expectations include the strategic positioning of ACZ, with a view to taking over the functions of airports and aerodromes conferred under the law amending the law on civil aviation; build the ACZ brand and transform the face of airports and aerodromes to promote tourism and regional integration, and jointly with CAAZ, accelerate the transfer of assets and the engagement of seconded employees through effective modalities based on practices of fair labor and a public interest ethic to ensure that no employee is left out.

Minister Mhona said that when board members take office, they are empowered to practice a high level of professional ethics.

“For public entities to function well, it is important to note the following principles: efficient and economical use of resources; public administration must be development oriented; services must be provided impartially, fairly, equitably and without bias; people’s needs must be met within a reasonable time; and the public should be encouraged to participate in policy making, the public administration should be accountable to parliament and the people; and staff recruitment should be done primarily on the basis of merit.

“I want to take this opportunity to express the confidence the government has in you as members of the board of directors, as you embark on a journey to work with those who have been appointed before you to accelerate the transformation of entities. public, ”said Minister Mhona.

In his acceptance speech, Dr Manyaya congratulated President Mnangagwa and the government for the trust placed in them.

“I want to thank the government for supporting the discourse on inclusion by nominating young people and improving gender parity in various national policy institutions, as today’s nominations show.

“We commend President Mnangagwa for pursuing bold and transformative policies, as infrastructure development is a key pillar of the national development strategy 1 and as you have seen that the emergency road rehabilitation program has taken shape, we must ensure the rapid disbursement of funds to the various road authorities.

“This role comes with a lot of responsibilities and expectations and when managing statutory funds like the Road Fund, it is necessary to manage them with high levels of propriety and probity,” he said. .

Dr Manyaya is committed to adhere to various legislative frameworks and corporate governance policies

He said that Zinara will also look at upgrading and updating ICT infrastructure and software solutions to increase operational efficiency to ensure fast and flawless service to all customers.

We need to harness the digital economy and use emerging technologies to tackle leaks. We will introduce a strong communication strategy at the border of transparency, accountability, disclosure and multistakeholder engagement so that all stakeholders are always up to date on our activities, leaving no one and no room behind. , did he declare.

Dr Manyaya is a young, self-sufficient and dynamic business executive with a determined vision to add value to the nation in its key strategic sectors.

He was transferred to the Zinara board after serving as ACZ vice president. He was also a board member of the Zimbabwe Civil Aviation Authority in 2013.

Dr Manyaya holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Master of Science in International Relations, another Master of Commerce in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance, a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Business Management. business, a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism Studies, a Certificate in Diplomacy, Protocol and Etiquette, and a Certificate in Telecommunications Policy Regulatory Management, among other qualifications.

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