Mutezo distances self from Chivayo solar project tender

FORMER Energy deputy minister Munacho Mutezo has distanced himself from controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo’s Gwanda solar energy project, declaring that he was ready to appear before a parliamentary committee to clear his name.

BY KUDZAI MUCHENJEKWA

Mutezo was named by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy as one of the former top government officials involved in the awarding of the controversial tender to Chivayo’s firm, Intratrek, and paying him $5,6 million in advance.

“No amount of mud smearing will exonerate wrongdoers and I take great exception to people who are attempting to soil my good professional reputation, built over many years in both the private and public sectors, by playing cheap politics. I stand ready to appear before the parliamentary committee to clarify the false allegations so made,” Mutezo said.

He denied the allegations made by Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) board member, Thandiwe Mlobane that ministers gave a directive to award the tender to Chivayo, saying he had no authority to do so.

“May I point out that the tender evaluation in government departments, parastatals and State enterprises is the function of management and is not the responsibility of the deputy minister and ZPC management had the responsibility to ensure that the law and all procurement board requirements are complied with,” Mutezo said.
“At no time was I, as deputy minister, then required or requested to sanction an irregular transaction requiring that an interested party carries out the feasibility study, which I would have surely not have sanctioned or recommended.

“Besides, the deputy minister was not the authority in tender adjudication and award. This was the preserve of the State Procurement Board working on the recommendations of management and not of the deputy minister.”

The alleged scam has also sucked in former Energy ministers Elton Mangoma and Dzikamai Mavhaire.

7 Comments

  1. Matebele Warrior- Chamisa is our leader

    Chivayo and all ministers must be arrested , tried and jailed.

  2. Mr Mutezo,
    Not having the authority to do something does not mean you did not influence the process. We all know very well that politicians have undue influence on government business. Do not hide behind a veil of due process that everyone knows you flagrantly disregarded. Wicknel in his testimonies was very clear that he approached the “Minister” when his initial bid was rejected. You must answer for your part in this scandal and yes we will presume your innocence until proven guilty.

  3. This Chivhayo character is not to be trusted. It seems he pulled a fast one. If it were up to me I’d have him put behind bars and then he’d start singing like a canary.

    1. AGREED , HE SHOULD BE LOCKED UP IMMEDIATELY

  4. Sending the fattish dude to prison leaving the brains behind the scam will not be gud enough.He must be joinned by everyone found on the wrong side of the law be them politicians or top mgt including board members.

  5. Who is the fat overweight oke in the above story picture?

  6. WELL GET RID OF MUGABE CONSTITUTION NOW
    ADOPT THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION IMMEDIATELY
    STOP BEING SO “THICK” & DO SOMETHING

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