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US$528 000 salary for ZESA advisor

US$528 000 salary for ZESA advisor

Phillimon Mhlanga 5 Feb 2014

josh1AS the salaries scandal in Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped parastatals deepens, the Financial Gazette can reveal that Dennis Magaya, a business strategy consultant who was controversially appointed by State-owned ZESA Holdings’ subsidiary Powertel Communications in 2012, is earning a monthly salary of about US$44 000.
This comes at a time when workers at the company are grappling with low salaries, with peers in other ZESA units earning far less than what Magaya is taking home.
Documents seen by this newspaper indicate that the government-owned internet services provider engaged Magaya on a fixed-term contract which commenced on September 1, 2012. The contract will run up to August 31, 2015.Magaya is currently pocketing a monthly salary of US$25 176,64 plus a bonus of US$18 610,12  which translates into an annual amount of US$528 000. He is entitled to this package up to August this year, and will be eligible to an upward review that could run up to the end of his contract.
Previously, Magaya was earning a monthly salary of US$26 000 and a bonus of US$13 140,59 under phase one of his contract which ran from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013.
Phase two of the contract, which runs from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015,  will see Magaya earning a monthly salary of US$24 145,01 and a monthly bonus of US$20 231. The contract is currently in phase two.

Magaya was engaged by the company to implement a five-year business plan he drafted for Powertel through his company, Rubiem Technologies.
Sources with intimate knowledge of what transpired said Magaya’s appointment was fast tracked by ZESA’s group chief executive officer, Josh Chifamba, and board chairman Francis Chirimuuta, in clear defiance of a State Procurement Board (SPB) resolution that had rebuffed the appointment of Rubiem Technologies.

To avoid conflict of interest, SPB said Magaya and his company could not take part in the implementation of the strategic plan which he had drafted.After SPB turned down the power utility’s request to engage Rubiem Technologies, ZESA decided to engage Magaya in his individual capacity, arguing that its subsidiary would generate millions of dollars in revenue through the provision of data carrier, mobile internet and connectivity services through his assistance.
His appointment sucked in former finance director, Warner Mtisi, who doubled up as the company secretary. Mtisi was fired two days prior to Magaya signing his contract on September 7, 2012 after he resisted the move to appoint Magaya on such a hefty package.

Former managing director, Samuel Maminimini was also sacked after he questioned some irregularities on the issue.
It is, however, understood that Mtisi has since won his case at the labour court although Chifamba is said to have appealed against the court ruling.
Magaya, who was in South Africa when contacted by the Financial Gazette on Tuesday, was unwilling to discuss the issue, saying the managing director, Patrick Chivaura, was well-placed to do so.

“I can’t comment on the issue now,” said Magaya. “Give me a call in 30 minutes or you can contact the managing director (Chivaura) for more details.”
No comment could be obtained from Chivaura as he was said to be in a meeting.
The Financial Gazette could not immediately establish how much the managing director was earning as efforts to get clarification on the issue were fruitless.
Some sources, however, said Chivaura was taking home around US$4 500 per month.

The rot at the institution comes after senior executives at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), the Premier Services Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) and the Harare City Council have been exposed for earning mega salaries of between US$36 000 and US$230 000 per month.
PSMAS chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube, who has been retired, and ZBC boss Happison Muchechetere, who has been suspended, earned about US$230 000 and US$40 000 per month respectively.

When benefits are factored in, Dube earned half a million dollars every month.
Dube received allowances equivalent to his monthly basic salary of US$230 000 plus a bonus of over US$1 million in December 2013.
The Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services, Jonathan Moyo is understood to have written to Muchechetere and ZBC’s Elliot Kasu (general manager-finance and administration) advising them of the termination of their salaries and benefits.

State enterprises are being systematically looted by executives allegedly conniving with senior government officials while the economy stagnates.
Audited financial records of parastatals have not been made public on time as enshrined in the Constitution. When they are made available, they are always years behind.
newsdesk@fingaz.co.zw

  • Uche

    Batai munhu, batai munhu uyo.. This is not possible when we are being told that the company is boke when they are paying Magaya mari yese iyo….

  • Uche

    Ahhhh thats a lot of money… But how come the company is portraying an image that they are in a saving (cost cutting) mode when in fact they are spending much on someone… Yaaaaa

  • doko

    This looks more like money for services rendered than a salary. The reporter needs to find out whether the advisor is on the organogram rather than prematurely sing the salarygate hymn. Its the most popular hymn at the moment but facts have to be established. The story is not balanced because there is no comment from ZESA/POWERTEL.
    People shouldnot forget the internal politics which exists in organisations.

  • Uche

    Hey, you Doko, fact number 1, the guy is on the organogram, 2, A salary is money given for services rendered which is exactly what it should be,… There is no need for a comment. The issue here is whether the person is getting that much or not and if it is worth it. Are his services bringing any difference to the organization… ASK ANY POWERTEL EMPLOYEE THEY WILL TELL YOU NOOOOOOOOOOO…

  • Fogmaster

    If a consultant is earning that much, then how much is the CEO earning- astronomical I guess!

  • Maxwell Christian

    They must use the common law doctrine of UNJUST
    ENRICHMENT to prosecute those that have been paying themselves odious salary
    levels and have them refund that quantum of the salary that is ‘obscene’, i.e. over
    and above the normal market rate for the respective job taking into account the
    respective organization’s ability to pay and the organization’s mission. My perspective
    is that those that want astronomical salaries must join the Private Sector or
    SHOWBIZ not service delivery oriented organizations which are in essence non-profit
    making organizations in their DNA, even though they may structure their tariffs
    in order to breakeven so as not to burden the fiscus!

  • zenderamakoni

    Ko Magaya is he the one who has just been appointed to chair the zbc board. kana ari iye and what is being said is true, then zim has no chance.

  • Muzukuru

    unopenga iwe u dnt knw anything u betta research again wanzwa. email me at munashe.multicard@gmail.com kana wasvotwa benzi iwe

  • Muzukuru

    madofo anofanirwa kugoogler and research thoroughly about this man coz hapana chamunozive mose muri kungodhomoka

  • Mwanawevhu

    Moyo’s stunts should be exposed. Now the blame is going up to Mavhaire for reappointing Chifamba, today’s Herald. This is factional fighting in Zanu pf. Moyo is aware of the tender issue from way back and how the then Powertel board responded! Even during the GNU Zanupf controlled the police and were able to arrest the then Minister of Energy and Power Development, Elton Mangoma. If there was something amiss the board would have been arrested too! You then cant tell us that you were not aware of the actions of the Powertel Board and how they explained their reasoning in appointing Magaya. We are not that gullible Jonathan!