March 7, 1957
Dzikamai Mavhaire is a Zimbabwean political figure and senior member of the Zimbabwe People First political party. He was once a cabinet minister before he was demoted on grounds of factionalism. He was a Zanu-PF member before he was expelled in 2015.
In March 2018, Mavhaire together with former Ministers Elton Mangoma, Samuel Undenge, former deputy minister Munacho Mutezo were reported to be investigated in the Gwanda Solar Project tender which was awarded to Wicknell Chivayo.
Mavhaire was born on March 7, 1957.
He was governor and resident Minister for Masvingo Province in the 1980s. In 2008, he bounced back into politics after some years since his expulsion from ZANU PF in 1997. He contested in the ZANU PF primary elections for a senatorial post but was defeated by Maina Mandava. He was however made a Politburo member as secretary for production and labor.
Mugabe Must Go
He became popular in 1997 after openly calling for the resignation of President Robert Mugabe in parliament. This led to his expulsion from ZANU PF. Following his fallout with the party, Mavhaire allegedly became a vendor in Masvingo where he was said to be selling oranges . At that time he was said to be driving a ramshackle vehicle from which he sold fruits and vegetables.
Clash over Indegenisation Policy
Mavhaire, in 2012 clashed with his ZANU PF colleague Paul Mangwana over the implementation of the Indigenisation law. He said that the law, under which all foreign-owned companies are forced to cede 51 percent of their shares to locals, should not apply to Bikita minerals as he is already a shareholder there. This prompted President Robert Mugabe and the then Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere to postpone the community share ownership scheme.
As Energy Minister
He started his tenure by dissolving 8 energy sector boards accusing of underperforming.The boards were appointed by the then energy minister, Elton Mangoma.The dissolved boards include those for Zimbabwe Power Company, Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company (ZETDC), PowerTel Communications, Zesa Enterprises, National Oil Infrastructure Company, Petrotrade, Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) and the Rural Electrification Agency. Mavhaire said the new appointees would be able to advance the implementation of ZANU PF;s economic blue print- Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Social and Economic Transformation (ZimAsset). He came under fire from the media when he said the power shortages being experienced in the country will only be improved in 2018. Since his appointment to the ministry, load shedding has increased.
Dismissal From Government
After having been fingered in the plot to oust President Robert Mugabe went on to lose his post in the central committee and the Politiburo. Apart from losing his posts in the ZANU PF Party, Mavhaire was dismissed as energy minister together with his deputy Munacho Mutezo. The dismissal of Mavhaire and his deputy comes in the wake of a multiplicity of allegations and a cabinet reshuffle. Some of the allegations that have have been leveled against Mavhaire include coercing Zesa Holdings into depositing USD40 000 IN THE ZANU PF Manicaland Womens league account. The funds were allegedly meant to facilitate the unseating of President Mugabe.
The former energy minister has been fingered in several underhand dealings ranging from corruption and mis appropriation of ZESA funds among others. Among some of the scandals that Mavhaire has been implicated in is one in which he and his deputy, Munacho Mutezo were allegedly said to have pushed ZESA Holdings to tender 300 000 smart metres for non-existing properties. Mavhaire's argument that the project was meant to cater for future demand was shot down by officials at ZETDC who pointed out that smart meters were a luxury which a struggling parastatal like ZESA could not afford. Just like other technologies like cellphones, the metering technology was fast changing and the reason for deploying smart meters preparation for future use was not valid. Mavhaire was also caught up in a tender scandal in which The Rural Electrification Agency allegedly awarded a US$2,5 million wiring pole tender to a struggling timber producer and subsequently ordered its own subsidiary, Hotspeck Enterprises (Pvt) (Ltd), to bail out the bid winner. The media also claimed to be in possession of documents showing that there were indeed underhand dealings between REA and Hotspeck Enterprises. Asked to comment on the matter, Mavhaire argued that he could not discuss the alleged scam with this publication because The Sunday Mail was a “private newspaper”. He was also fingered in a shareholding scam in which it was alleged that he falsified General Vitalis Zvinavashe’s death and caused his removal from Bikita Minerals directorship, the late national hero’s son, Richard, has claimed. It was further alleged that ex-minister Mavhaire convened a board meeting in March and the gathering declared Gen Zvinavashe dead when in fact he was in hospital receiving medical attention. The ex-energy minister however poured cold water on the allegations claiming that
Zvinavashe anga asiri chigamba changu, he was his own man. The boy (Richard) is absolutely ignorant. He needs help. He wants to make a fortune out of my name.
Expulsion From ZANU-PF
Mavhaire was expelled from the party on the 21st of May 2015. This followed his initial dismissal from cabinet as the minister of energy. He was expelled together with other 6 senior members.
- Mavhaire’s ‘second coming’, The Financial Gazzete, Published: September 12, 2013, Retrieved: December 9, 2014
- Paul Nyakazeya, Mavhaire: controversial or just misunderstood? Theb Financial Gazzete, Published: March 20, 2014, Retrieved: December 9, 2014
- Regerai Tututuku, Mangwana, Mavhaire clash, The Zimbabwean, Published: November 14, 2014, Retrieved: December 9, 2014
- Mavhaire dissolves eight energy sector boards, The Source, Published: February 5, 2014, Retrieved: December 9, 2014
- Mavhaire — ill-qualified, clueless, DailyNews, Published: March 19, 2014, Retrieved: December 9, 2014
- Mavhaire, Mutezo Fired, The Herald, Published: December 9, 2014, Retrieved: December 9, 2014
- Felex Share Ex-ministers in Zesa meter project fraud, The Chronicle, Published: December 17, 2014, Retrieved: December 17, 2014
- Takunda Maodza Mavhaire fingered in shareholding scanda, Published: December 10, 2014, Retrieved: December 17, 2014