Breaking CAAZ scandal: Chawota denied bail

Suspended Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) general manager David Chawota who is jointly charged with the director of legal services in the ministry of transport and infrastructural development Angeline Karonga on corruption charges has been denied bail while his co-accused is released on $1000 bail.

Karonga however has been released on stringent conditions as she was ordered to report twice a week to the police station and surrender her passport as well as residing at her given address.

Sources within the Transport ministry, however, said Karonga has since tendered her resignation.

“She tendered her resignation on Monday claiming she wants to go on early retirement,” the source said.

Karonga was languishing in remand prison since last Friday pending the finalisation of the bail application while Chawota was denied bail for the second time.

The two are facing charges of corruptly concealing information from a principal, pertaining  a personal interest in a transaction.

The duo allegedly milked government of over $1 million through their company Akodac Consultancy Services  where they are both co-directors.

Allegations against them are emanating from failure to notify ZINARA, their principal that their company had made submissions to supply bulk drummed bitumen to government.

They were awarded the tender without their principals knowledge. On the other matter, Chawota stands accused of signing a contract without board approval which saw CAAZ purchasing equipment worth US$33 million from a handpicked company without going to tender and the State opposed his bail.