President Robert Mugabe has fired the State Procurement Board (SPB) chairperson, Mr Charles Kuwaza.

Mr Kuwaza was replaced by Ambassador Buzawani Mothobi, who was a member in the previous board in a new set up announced in a Government Gazette published on Friday.

Mr Kuwaza has been at the helm of the tender board since early 2000s with his contract being renewed several times.
Ambassador Mothobi and Mr William Kurebgaseka are the only members from the previous board who have been retained.

Other members are deputy chairperson Mrs Vimbai Nyemba, Retried Colonel Joseph Mhakayakora, Ambassador Boniface Chidyausiku, Mr Michael Musanzikwa, Engineer Martin Manuhwa, Mr Davison Norupiri and a Mrs N. Moyo.

The SPB has also been stripped of powers to award tenders, a move necessitated by the discovery of loopholes that could have facilitated corrupt activities by board members.
 
The awarding of tenders will now be done by accounting officers in various State departments and companies, with the SPB only playing a supervisory and monitoring role to ensure government entities comply with the Procurement Act and other set standards.

"It is hereby notified that the President has in terms of Section 6 of the Procurement Act (Chapter 22:14), appointed the persons listed in the Schedule as members of the State Procurement Board with effect from December 1, 2015 up to September 30, 2016," reads the Government Gazette.

Kuwaza came under fire in July this year for allegedly holding parliament in contempt by failing to respond to serious questions on massive graft allegations under his watch.

The SPB is one of the parastatals fingered for deliberate disregard of good corporate governance, resulting in government losing millions of dollars.

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