The national Postal and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, (Potraz) board has finally got a chairman to steer the recently appointed board and he is no stranger in the business circle, in the capacity of Ozias Bvute.
The last Potraz board saw a massive clean up, which only two members survived and the then appointed Potraz Chairman Mr Brian Mutandiro, left the post vacant after he resigned for the NetOne Chief Operations Officer Post.
Ozias Bvute for months now has been appointed the new Potraz board chairman, and he is the man tasked with steering the Zimbabwe telecommunications sector, currently the most preforming sector and highest tax contributor in Zimbabwe.
He hogged the limelight in his yester years around 2005 as the managing director of Zimbabwe cricket before stepping down to pursue a commercial life as the CEO for Metropolitant bank. Mr Bvute was also the board chairman for Air Zimbabwe.
Efforts to call him for a comment on his appointment were fruitless as his phone went unanswered.
In a statement the Minister said he expects the new board to interrogate declarations by operators on their revenues to ensure the government through Potraz receives its dues.
“The board must also undertake to thoroughly investigate the compliance of telecommunications with the law especially where it relates to the registration of sim cards, declaration of incoming and outgoing international traffic among many other matters requiring immediate interventions,” he said.
The minister also said the board should ensure accountability in the completion of the new (Potraz) headquarters, which had been under construction for several years and had shockingly overrun its budget by $7 million as it should have been completed in December 2013.
The Deputy Chairman, Mr Sibangumuzi Khumalo: He was the Zimbabwe Defense Forces Director of army training. He led the Zimbabwe School of Military Engineering and the Zimbabwe Corps Of Engineers.
Winston Marufu:a mechanical engineer by training,has significant experience in product development, design and implementation, through to installation and final commissioning.
Ms Nancy Saungweme, the only board member who bounced back from the fired board, she has vast experience in intra and inter government relations, having worked in the office of foreign affairs in the office of protocol and political affairs department. she is a prominent property developer and was selected a board member of First Banking Corporation Ltd in July 2005.
Mr Fradson SHAVI, works in the Office Of The President And Cabinet, a dedicated telecommunications professional with high level qualifications.
Doreen Sibanda is the Executive Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.