Energy Minister Fortune Chasi has directed the ZESA board to institute investigations into corruption allegations levelled against its executive chairperson, Sydney Gata.

Chasi wants the investigation to be done and completed within five working days arguing the charges were grave.

“The allegations appearing in the press are of a serious nature, which does not only put ZESA Holdings in bad light but the entire government and the ministry in particular,” he wrote Monday to the board.

“In particular the ministry requires information on the lawsuits between Dr. Gata and ZESA Holdings and whether or not they were declared to the board, as the ministry is not aware of any such declaration.

“The allocation of five company vehicles for Dr. Gata’s personal use, the alleged interference in a disciplinary hearing involving Mrs. Norah Tsomondo, the alleged transactions involving Tuli and a trust, whose registration and ownership is unknown to the ministry.”

In his letter, Chasi added: “The issue concerning the four consultants for whom Cabinet authority was sought to travel to South Africa study tour at Eskom. There is need to establish whether or not these individuals are on ZESA’s payroll and if not, the basis upon which they were engaged and any other conduct that the board finds appropriate to investigate.

“You are, therefore, instructed to give this matter all the urgency it deserves to ensure that it is resolved within the shortest time possible to allow the board to concentrate on its key mandate, that is enduring availability of power.”