ZPC bosses under fraud scrutiny over Chivayo-Gwanda solar project

THE Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Serious Fraud Unit this week launched fresh investigations on two Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) directors, namely Robson Chikuri and former legal adviser Saidi Sangula in regards their conduct in the controversial 100 Megawatts Gwanda Solar Project, Zim Morning Post can reveal.

The matter has been before the courts, with judgments being passed and then reversed under unclear circumstances.

The latest judgment is the conviction of former board chair Stanley Kazhanje by Regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya.

Kazhanje was convicted for not declaring his interests in Wicknell Chivayo’s Intratek, he obstructed the course of justice and concealed US$10 000 he received from the businessman.

Victorious: Businessman Wicknell Chivayo walks out of court in the company of his legal team after his acquittal of the $5,6 million ZPC fraud case

Sangula is alleged to have fought on Kazhanje’s corner and even appeared in court testifying against allegations levelled against Kazhanje.

In a report seen by this publication, Sangula is accused of going against a decision to uphold the termination of Chivayo’s contract.

After anomalies were detected in the Intratek deal and how US$5 million was paid without a bank guarantee, the board sought legal advice from Sangula, who stated that the contract was an ‘over-kill’.

“After this advise, nothing was done in as far as termination of the contract and disciplinary action against managers who were found wanting in the Gwanda solar project was concerned,” read part of the report.

Documents seen by this publication also stated that Chikuri circumvented due process in the Chivayo-Gwanda solar project.

“Chikuri circumvented due process by making weekly payments which where within his threshold.

“These advance payments were made to the contractor without the knowledge of the company secretary’s office, which administers all contracts.

“In mid-April 2016, the media reported on unsecured advance payments made to Intratek, and that one of the directors (Chivayo) had a criminal record.”

Part of the communique also stated that concerns were raised by stakeholders on the issue.

Chikuri was also under fire for inflating prices of Unit 4 Boiler Outage Works at Hwange Power Station from US$2 205 306 a price adjustment of close to US$1,3 million.

In a letter dated March 29, 2019, directed to ZPC acting managing director following a special oversight committee held on on March 21, 2019, the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe chief executive, Nyasha Chizu, raised a red flag over the issue of the four boiler outages.

Despite the overwhelming evidence of underhand dealings, Zesa has not taken up any action against Chikuri and all those who were allegedly involved in the controversial Gwanda solar project.

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