Mliswa grills Chivayo

Mliswa grills Chivayo
Published: 13 February 2018 (373 Views)
Businessman Mr Wicknell Chivayo was yesterday taken to task by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy over the $5 million he received from the Zimbabwe Power Company for the Gwanda solar project without the requisite bank guarantees.

A bank guarantee is given to secure advance payments made for work that has not been done. Mr Chivayo was also grilled over the manner in which he won the tender for the project in 2013.

Committee chairman Mr Temba Mliswa asked Chivayo to explain why there was a disparity on the amount he received from the $7 million that was mentioned by ZPC Board chairman Mr Stanley Kazhanje.

"Just tell us how much you got and where the money went to. We had ZPC here and they said they gave you $7 million. Just tell us how much you got and we break it down," Mr Mliswa said.

"If ZPC say they gave me $7 million then that is incorrect because the payments are clear they went into one bank account and it is very clear that the amount is $5 million.

"The whole pre-commencement works are $7 million and there is a balance of about $1,3 million to $1,4 million excluding value added tax, but what they paid is $5 million," he said.

He admitted that he had been paid by the company without the bank guarantee and had sought assistance from former Minister of Energy and Power Development Dr Samuel Undenge after suspended ZPC managing director Noah Gwariro had refused to pay him the money without the guarantee.

Mr Chivayo was then requested to furnish the committee with bank statements on the payments he had received so far.

On the awarding of the tender in 2013, Mr Mliswa asked Chivayo why he had sought recourse from former Minister Dzikamai Mavhaire when there were laid down procedures to air any grievances when contesting a tenderaward.

"To me this is where it is all starting from that you lost the tender; you went to the minister; you said you are a son of the soil why can't you give me the tender, yet there is a process, which should be used when appealing if you are not happy, and you said there is a court process and members are still asking if there is process. Why didn't you use that court process?" Mr Mliswa asked.

Mr Chivayo said he approached the former minister since he thought the award to the Chinese company was unfair given that he had brought the idea for the solar project to Government.

He said his company had also met the technical and funding requirements of the project.

"I have mentioned that I went to the minister (Mr Mavhaire), I wrote to the State Procurement Board chairperson (the late Mr Charles Kuwaza). We went and saw him and explained to him and he understood and he said I will go and see my principals because what you are saying makes a lot of sense. The deficit is 1 500MW what reason can we have of not awarding compliant bidders if they are willing to match the price of the lowest bidder that we  awarded."

The committee also accused Mr Chivayo of using his proximity to the former First Family, especially the former First Lady Grace Mugabe to get the tender. He refuted the allegation saying they were not involved in his businesses.

Meanwhile, Mr Chivayo's business partner Mr Youssef Ahmed's lawyer Bruce Tokwe told the committee that Mr Chivayo had ceded his shareholding in the company in 2014.

"I wish to highlight to you members that in 2014 Mr Chivayo borrowed some money on the understanding that he would cede the rest of his shareholding in Intratek, which he did to a company called Intermureal Investments," Mr Tokwe said.

He added that Mr Chivayo was currently employed as the managing director of the company. "The issue of shareholdings is an internal issue for Intratek. It is my word against my work. He will say I ceded shares in 2014.

"But in 2015 when after signing the contract (with the Zimbabwe Power Company) for Gwanda solar project Mr Youssef gave me my 50 percent back and I have evidence to that effect where I have share certificate. I am a 50 percent shareholder and I stand by that," he said.

ZPC Acting Managing Director Mr Joshua Chrikutsi, who also appeared before the committee, contradicted Mr Kazhanje saying Intratek was given $5,1 million, including taxes, not $7 million.

Mr Chirukutsi and his management were, however, ejected from the meeting after failing to respond to a question on who had directed them to pay Mr Chivayo without the bank guarantee.

- the herald


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