Convicted ZPC boss awaits sentencing

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Convicted former Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) board chairperson, Stanley Kazhanje will spend the weekend in remand prison while he awaits for his sentence on Monday.

Kazhanje is appearing before a Harare Magistrate Hosea Mujaya who found him guilty criminal abuse of duty.

The State managed to prove its case that, on October 23 in 2015 ZPC signed an Engineering Procurement and Construction of a 100 Megawatt Solar Project with Intratrek.

Kazhanje was the board chairperson.

Court heard that on or about December 11, 2015 to January 20, 2016, ZPC paid Intratrek $1 263 154 in advance for the implementation of the project.

Intratrek did not fulfill its obligation, resulting in the management suggesting termination of the contract.

On January 21, 2016 and under unclear circumstances, Kazhanje received $10 000 in his personal Barclays Bank account from Intratrek’s CBZ bank account.

In his capacity as ZPC’s board chairperson, Kazhanje presided over a meeting where it was resolved that ZPC must pay services direct to Intratrek subcontractors instead of terminating the contract.

This resulted in the in ZPC paying $4 387 849 as advance payment despite the fact that Intratrek had not fulfilled its obligation.

The $10 000 deposited into Kazhanje’s account and the subsequent resolution not to terminate Intratrek’s contract gave rise to reasonable suspicion that Kazhanje was influenced by this payment to decide in favor of Intratrek.

By so doing, Kazhanje failed to declare any interests upon his appointment as the ZPC chairperson.

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