Zisco chairperson resigns after censure
ZIMBABWE Iron and Steel Company (Zisco) interim chairperson and renowned trade economist Gift Mugano has resigned after he was censured for publicly criticising government policies.
In a letter addressed to Industry and Commerce minister Sekai Nzenza, Mugano indicated that he had chosen to contribute in policy discourse over being the interim chair and board member of Zisco.
“Reference is made to the above subject. As a follow-up to our conversations over my comments on public media on government policies, which are viewed by some sections of government as in direct conflict with my role as a board member of a State enterprise, I took a reflection of the concerns and decided to resign from the Zisco board.
“The decision is built on a firm view that I believe that my contribution to policy discourse is of primary importance which cannot be forfeited in favour of maintaining a micro role as the interim chairperson and board member of Zisco,” he said.
The economist added that although his arguments and comments were viewed as negative and retrogressive, evidence showed that on a number of times, policymakers have taken up his submissions.
Mugano was appointed vice chairperson of the Zisco board in September last year and acted as the interim chairperson as the Industry and Commerce ministry finalised on the appointment of a substantive chairperson.