The Minister of Energy and Power Development, Fortune Chasi, said that he is going to make sure that Wicknell Chivhayo’s Intratrek does the work it was contracted to do or it pays back the $5 million.
Chasi was speaking in an exclusive interview with The Independent on a wide range of issues. He said:
I have made the point very clear. I expect either the project as initially conceptualised or the money.
I also want to make it clear that individuals who collude with outsiders or who are negligent in their work, thereby causing the public purse to suffer, must expect that we will go after them to recover public funds.
For me it’s very simple, I am not seeing a project there — I haven’t seen a project. I have seen some pictures; I haven’t seen what was contracted to be done within the requisite time. It’s the responsibility of the leadership at Zesa.
What is in the public domain is that there was an acquittal. An acquittal doesn’t mean someone is no longer liable. I expected vigour by Zesa in dealing with this matter. It’s the money or the project, very simple.
I don’t know him, all I want is my project or the money. Zesa should deal with that. If the project is happening, well and good; if it is not happening, I want the money.
It’s a very basic principle, I want the money. That’s what the people of Zimbabwe expect. I am not going to play games and ignore the matter. I have a very active interest in this.
This is US$5 million and we can’t trivialise it. I can assure you that this is the last time that this kind of thing will happen. I expect the board at Zesa to take decisive action on this issue and I will be pursuing it with them.
I also want to say there is an audit report on Zesa, I’m studying it. I expect the board to study the report and carry out the requisite recommendations, that is very important. I’m going to agree with the board on the timeline of implementation.