Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group DIDG has said their deal with the government fell apart because Transport Minister Joel Biggie Matiza ordered its cancellation, The Standard reports.
The matter came to light in a response from DIDG executive chairman Donovan Chimhandamba to NRZ chairman Martin Dinha who had asked DIDG to make written submissions justifying why the contract should not be terminated. DIDG reportedly responded and said:
We have the monies which have been procured at a significant cost and continue to incur liabilities in order to keep those monies secured. It is not in the interest of NRZ and the nation for the minister to instruct you to do an unlawful act. Ultimately, if this were to happen, significant damages will have to be paid by NRZ.
We placed on record right from the beginning that since his appointment as the minister of Transport, Honourable JB Matiza never liked our organisation.
We have had it on very good authority that he has been misrepresenting our position to the authorities with a clear intention of wanting to secure the termination of this tender and to replace same with other players who are known non-indigenous.
The directive issued to your board falls outside the minister’s mandate.The undue pressure, which is being exerted on your board by him and other players is clearly unlawful and must be resisted.
We trust that your board will uphold the letter and spirit of our law and consider the merits and demerits of the case in dealing with this matter.
The minister is yet to respond to these allegations.
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