Dennis Magaya to be fired in few days time, says Mavhaire

via Magaya to be fired in few days time, says Mavhaire | SW Radio Africa  by Mthulisi Mathuthu on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dennis Magaya, whom information minister Jonathan Moyo appointed head of the ZBC board and then fired within 24 hours, will be removed from his post as chief technology strategist for a major parastatal.

The Herald reported Tuesday that Energy Minister Dzikamai Mavhaire said Magaya’s ‘honeymoon’ at PowerTel Communications was over and he would be fired ‘in a day or two.’

According to the Herald Mavhaire accused Zesa Holdings CEO, Josh Chifamba, and the PowerTel board, of conniving to hire Magaya irregularly. Mavhaire said PowerTel, a subsidiary of Zesa Holdings, appointed Magaya and six other people in defiance of the State Procurement Board.

This follows revelations that Magaya is facing allegations of inflated consultancy fees at PowerTel. It is alleged that Magaya was controversially appointed as a strategy consultant at PowerTel. He is earning a monthly salary of $44, 000, almost the same amount as the suspended ZBC CEO, Happison Muchechetere. Newspaper reports said Magaya’s earnings, which include a bonus of $18,000, amount to $500,000 per annum.

Mavhaire said Magaya and his team were not bringing ‘any value’ to the company. Instead they ‘strategized’ to cheat the parastatal, said Mavhaire. The minister further said that had Magaya and his crew continued for a few more months they would have brought the company ‘to its knees.’

Magaya’s case came into the spotlight after Moyo appointed him chairman of the ZBC board two weeks ago. In a climb down Moyo fired Magaya within 24 hours, upon learning of the allegations against him. Something Moyo should have known ahead of appointing him.
Magaya is one of the executives who have been exposed by the continuing revelations on corporate corruption, which many see as a red-herring from the economic problems the Zanu PF government faces.


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    would be fired ‘in a day or two.’

    When we were young we had a word LAUGHICIOUS!!!

    I think it meant laughable beyond measure. Pathetic even.

    Just fire him what is the wait in aid of?

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    At least the rabid professor, corrects a mistake if he realizes it. He fired the insatiable Magaya within 24 hours in office. I hope he’ll bring down Ngwena when he realizes how he butchered the Moyos, Dubes, Khumalos etc. I think the professor is the cleverest of them all. He can single handedly destroy that vanguard party. So far he has done more damage to zanu pf than all the opposition parties combined. We salute you Prof!!

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    Always watch the prof. he is in this game for himself and always has been. Even back in the day when he worked in Kenya and SA he stole (cleverly) and got away with it. Now the big prize is there, he sees for the taking, President Moyo…

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    Mudhakisi 8 years ago

    So you actually think that Jonathan didn’t know. I think he did it intentionally……… wonder what his next move is!

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    We can hate hm bt the truth is Johny is Clever

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    Mukanya 8 years ago

    This Magaya boy isn’t he supposed to be wallowing on his father’s war credentials i.e. Demob + War Vet’s Compensation. Is that not enough justification.

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    Just saying 8 years ago

    So Magaya is going to be fired at some point, surely much more than that should happen if as pointed out his appointment was irregular and he didn’t bring ‘any value’ to Powertel. Removal of these incompetent, dishonest people is not enough.

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    BaMuno 8 years ago


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    who did jonathan moyo defraud while he lived in South Africa – was it the FORD Foundation if my memory serves me correctly ?

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    Tongoona 8 years ago

    The problem is Magaya was appointed on ZANU PF party lines and so are the many errant managers in parastatals. If ZANU PF goes in 2018, it will go with its parastatal managers, but parastatals as entities will remain behind. Is it not time to revolutionalise parastatals because they don’t belong to ZANU PF. There are people outside ZANU PF who can run parastatals efficiently and productively. Chizanu ndicho chauraya nyika. Give other people a chance.