Chivayo back at solar project site

PARLIAMENT heard yesterday that controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo was back on the site earmarked for the Gwanda solar project at a time legislators were still investigating circumstances leading to his awarding of the multi-million-dollar job without going to tender.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy, Temba Mliswa, expressed shock at the development and threatened to summon President Emmerson Mnangagwa to shed light over the matter.

Mliswa was left seething with anger during a hearing attended by senior Zesa Holdings executives, workers as well as former Energy deputy minister Munacho Mutezo and blew his top after Energy ministry secretary Patson Mbiriri confirmed that Chivayo’s company, Intratrek, was back on site clearing land for the project launch.

“As a result of the national concern about lack of progress on the preliminary works, the contractor has gone back on site. The last report was that they have cleared 75 hectares out of the 200,” Mbiriri said.

To this, a visibly exasperated Mliswa retorted: “I hope I am not dreaming, which contractor is this?”

Then the response from Mbirimi: “Yes, the contractor Intratek.”

Other committee members also grilled Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) officials to explain why they had decided to retain Chivayo to deliver the project when it was clear he had failed.

Mbirimi added: “I have indicated that, as a result of the nationwide concern emanating from this august committee, the contractor has moved back on site. Unless the contract had been cancelled, the contractor had every legal right to move back on site and is undertaking the work that I have indicated.”

Peeved by Mbirimi’s responses, a miffed Mliswa budged in, saying: “This is time to call the President [Emmerson Mnangagwa] to come to Parliament and respond to this. It’s absurd. It’s unbelievable. This is taxpayers’ money.

“What is the difference between the old and new dispensation? Zimbabwe is open for criminals to do business and I think the President must allude to that. You are entrusting a criminal with State funds. You are coming back here before next week. We will not accept a situation where people’s money goes to waste. In claiming to address the situation, you are actually empowering the criminal.”

ZPC board chair Stanley Kazhanje said his board had not sanctioned Intratrek’s return to the project site, with managing director Joshua Chirikuutsi admitting that they had allowed Chivayo to resume his project because “his contract was still subsisting, even to this day”.

Mliswa argued that the Gwanda project was no exception, as government had cancelled other bigger contracts like “Geiger” on the Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu Highway because of non-performance.

Earlier, Mliswa had ordered former Energy minister Elton Mangoma to leave the House after the latter declined to introduce himself as an ex-Cabinet minister.

16 Comments

  1. so this wicknell is a cunning character, now you see him at the site now you don’t, this is utter nonsense

  2. These committees are proving to be a sheer waste of taxpayers money. Nothing was done to the fat Minister who refused to be questioned by the same committee and you really expected them to do anything to Chivayo? Obert Mpofu was in contempt but nothing up to now has been done. Why not channel the money used by these so called committees towards other projects.

    1. you are on point

  3. Obviously Temba’s committee is now venturing into ‘deepwaters’ and the junta government is becoming very much unsettled with that. ED’s regime NEVER really meant to fight corruption, Temba and Co did not read in between lines to see that all ED was after with this ‘catch and release mode’ was to seek empathy for his illegal regime.

  4. Zvakozvenyuhazvirehwimayivepi Mazivazvangumhakayakora

    Comment…Committees aya ane masimba here? Madira tivhange chaiwo aya. Pane zvaanoburitsa iwaya?

  5. legally Chivhayo is correct because his contract has not yet been canclled.

    1. Whoever drafts these state contracts is incompetent, they must have performance clauses & repercussions, so as to protect against prejudice of public interests. If I remember well this solar project should have been commissioned by now, yet we are still talking about preparatory works…I mean come on???

  6. Why is Temba being emotional? Chivhayo has a valid contract and should proceed with work as per this valid contract until such a time the contract is terminated and he is heftily compensated. These guys must learn to respect contracts. These rent-seeking habits must stop. Dont worry about mbombera, it never understands how these things work.

  7. ED must tread carefully-it’s not yet cast in stone that he will have my vote!!

  8. ndipo unonzwa umwe achiti pamberi nezanu extended dambudziko has my vote shit dzevanhu

  9. Yeah, it’s the same old song, with a different leader singer, ED – Kkkkkkk.

  10. Wicked Chivharo. Ayas

  11. For the record, Geiger has not been cancelled yet. It was given a 60 day ultimatum to deliver. So in the same light, i think Intratek smelt danger and moved to deliver since their contract is still valid. The committee should stop the vendetta and let him deliver.

    1. What is he going to deliver,which should not have already been done?A contract is valid depending on what terms of the contract have been met.They are still clearing the land?unbelieveable.The contract is null and void,because has not delivered.Where is there a vendetta?Chivhayo is con man dressed in Gucci and D&G

  12. And why should Chivayp move off site when he has a valid running contract with GOZ. After all it’s most likely that the GOZ may on the wrong side when it comes payments especially on these contracts that involve real money (USD) and not bond notes.

  13. What is he going to deliver,which should not have already been done?A contract is valid depending on what terms of the contract have been met.They are still clearing the land?unbelieveable.The contract is null and void,because has not delivered.Where is there a vendetta?Chivhayo is con man dressed in Gucci and D&G

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