Wicknell Chivayo Appears In Court, Undenge Faces Arrest

Controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo who was arrested over the Gwanda Solar Power Project appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court today. He was remanded in custody to tomorrow for bail ruling.

Chivayo received a US$5 million advance from the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) under irregular circumstances but is to make any meaningful progress almost two years later. Chivayo was arrested under the orders of recently appointed acting Prosecutor General Patrick Hodzi. Former prosecutor general Ray Goba has been blamed for preventing Chivayo’s timely prosecution.

Chivayo is being charged with fraud, money laundering and contravening the Exchange Control Act over a $5 million contract he allegedly fraudulently entered with the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) for the Gwanda Solar Project. He is jointly charged with former Energy Minister Samuel Undenge who is yet to be arrested for the charge.

Undenge was recently granted $1 000 bail to challenge his four-year jail term for corruption when he appeared before High Court judge Justice Erica Ndewere on Wednesday.  Undenge was last month convicted by Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya on charges of criminal abuse of office after prejudicing the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) of the sum of $12 000.

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