Businessman Wicknell Chivayo appeared in court for allegedly bribing Zimbabwe Power Company’s (ZPC) ex-board chairperson with $10 000 to award him the Gwanda Solar Project deal.
Chivayo appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwgwa yesterday represented by advocates Lewis Uriri and Sylvester Hashiti.
Mugwagwa ruled that Chivayo would continue abiding by bail conditions imposed in a fraud case involving the power deal where he paid $2 000 coupled with stringent conditions. Sometime in 2013, ZPC called for bids for construction of the Gwanda Solar Project and Chivayo responded through his company Intratek (Pvt) Ltd (Intratrek). The court heard that on October 22, 2015 Chizhanje convened a board meeting and directed that ZPC proceed to sign the deal with Intratrek.
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It was alleged that the contract was signed between ZPC and Intratrek with Chivayo’s company failing to provide a bank guarantee. On January 21, 2016 Chivayo and his company reportedly transferred $10 000 to Kazhanje’s personal bank account. He allegedly misrepresented that he had capacity to implement the project. Chivayo reportedly won the tender at $172 848 597.
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