The Office of the President and Cabinet has denied that it played a role in the awarding of a controversial tender to Harare businessman Wicknell Chivayo.
Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Ray Ndhukula today wrote a letter to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy chaired by Norton legislator Temba Mliswa and denying Chivayo’s claims that the OPC played a role in the awarding of the tender for the Gwanda solar project which has failed to take off despite Chivayo being paid $5million by the Zimbabwe Power Company. In a letter addressed to acting Clerk of Parliament, Ms Helen Dingane deputy chief secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Ray Ndhlukula said:
The OPC plays an oversight role in the implementation of Government projects, be it in ministries and State-owned enterprises. The Office liaises with the relevant ministries to carry out this mandate. The alleged involvement of the Office in the national solar project in Gwanda would therefore be at the level of the Office, engaging the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development and not beyond.
The onus is on the Intratrek management to prove that indeed they met with Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet or myself, or both, where this project was discussed. As far as we know, we have never engaged directly any person from Intratrek. The person alleging this meeting must confirm to the Portfolio Committee where and when he did meet OPC officials. There is therefore no basis for this Office to appear before the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy.