Controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo has dismissed members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on mines and energy saying they did not have full knowledge of the issues they were grilling him on. Chivayo was questioned by the committee on his dealings with Zesa Holdings and the lack of progress on the $200 million Gwanda Solar Power Project. He was also questioned on how he had used the $5 million advance he received from Zesa. Chivayo, who was disavowed by his purported partners in Intratek Zimbabwe, dismissed the parliamentarians on social media site Twitter, saying:
I think the first thing that’s important to understand is that no one on that panel and the general audience understands this matter, especially how SPB and EPC contracts work. Hence the arguments were convoluted and winding.
By approaching the CEO of SPB, OPC and the Minister of Energy I did not approach INDIVIDUALS. I approached them formally in their executive positions as Government officials. I did not approach them individually at their homes. That’s the due process….
Further SPB CEO does not make final decisions.He approaches SPB BOARD and decisions are made as resolutions.For all intents and purposes, due process was followed resulting in a resolution where members justified their reasons, well within their powers to approve 3 awards
Suffice it to say I tried to put across matters to people who are minding were already made up about me. All they really wanted was an explanation about the LUNCH IN DUBAI so the pressure was too much and I don’t think anyone could have done better. I STOOD MY GROUND….