By Wellington Makonese
The launch of the inaugural Electrical Contractors and Suppliers Association in the country has been described as a key step in regulating the sector and curbing corruption.
Vandalism, corruption in procurement and unprocedural awarding of tenders are some of the issues that have been a cause for concern in the electrical sector.
However, the launch of ZECSA is expected to bring sanity and improve performances.
“For the past 42 years we haven’t had a framework that guide the sector. Our thrust is to ensure collective good corporate governance, efficiency, ethics in the sector,” said Charity Chikuni, founding president.
Stakeholders from the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and the retail sector, have endorsed the association, saying it will plug economic loopholes.
“Our expectation as a member organisation is to guide and instill ethical practice. When going to tender, they should know what is to be done. They need to stick to demands of the industry working with ZESA and other units before tabling any players,” noted Dr Munyaradzi Magiga of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.
Zimbabwe Retailers Association President Denford Mutashu said: “Government intends to have market self-regulate and practicing ethical business and we hope that this one will remain apolitical and work in having people’s interests.”
The country has been losing significant investment in the electricals sector due to vandalism and corruption, hence players are optimistic that stability in the industry can propel the nation towards attainment of vision 2030.