Zambezi River Authority has urged members of the general public to report individuals purporting to be recruiting agents appointed by the Authority or developers of the Batoka George Hydro Electric Scheme (BGHES) Project to the nearest law enforcement Agents.
Authority Chief Execute Engineer Munyaradzi Munodawafa said Zambezi River Authority has learnt with dismay the reportedly illegal registration of workers for the BGHES project taking place in some riparian communities within the project area.
“During the on-going Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) disclosure process for the Batoka Gorge Hydro-Electric Scheme (BGHES) which is expected to come to an end on 11th December 2020, the Authority has learnt with dismay the reportedly illegal registration of workers for the BGHES project.” He said.
Engineer Munodawafa revealed that people purporting to be recruitment agents appointed by the Authority are illegally registering and collecting money from unsuspecting members of the public especially those that are resident in Hwange, Jambezi and other villages and townships.
He stated that the Authority has not and will not appoint any recruitment agents for purposes of recruiting workers on its behalf or on behalf of the Developer, stating that all employment opportunities will be publicized through the mass media and traditional leadership in the project area when the project construction works approach commencement.
“As a bi-national organization, the Authority remains committed to ensuring that the peoples of the Republics of Zambia and Zimbabwe draw equal social and economic benefits from the development of the BGHES project without exploitation of any citizen, without exhibition of favoritism and without infringement of human rights whatsoever.” He stated.
Engineer Munodawafa further said the Zambezi River Authority is wholly committed to meeting its mandate of operating and managing the Kariba Dam and its reservoir as well as sustainably harnessing the hydropower potential offered by the waters of the Zambezi River that forms a common border between the Republics of Zambia and Zimbabwe.