UPDATED: President’s Office denies Chivayo assist

 Wicknell Chivayo

Wicknell Chivayo

Zvamaida Murwira, Harare Bureau
The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) yesterday threw businessman and Intratrek managing director Mr Wicknel Chivayo under the bus after they denied playing a role in the controversial award of the 100 megawatt(MW) solar project tender to the firm in 2015.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy, chaired by Norton Member of Parliament Mr Temba Mliswa (Independent), has since resolved to invite three cabinet ministers, a deputy minister and permanent secretary who were involved in the award of the controversial tender.

In a letter yesterday, deputy chief secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Ray Ndhlukula said OPC did not play any role in the tendering process.

Parliament invited the OPC after Mr Chivayo told legislators last month that he had written to Dr Misheck Sibanda – chief secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet – for intervention after he failed to land the tender in 2015.

“The OPC plays an oversight role in the implementation of Government projects, be it in ministries and State-owned enterprises. The Office liaises with the relevant ministries to carry out this mandate. The alleged involvement of the Office in the national solar project in Gwanda would therefore be at the level of the Office, engaging the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development and not beyond,” wrote Dr Ndhukula in a letter addressed to acting Clerk of Parliament, Ms Helen Dingane.

Wicknell Chivayo

Wicknell Chivayo

“The onus is on the Intratrek management to prove that indeed they met with Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet or myself, or both, where this project was discussed. As far as we know, we have never engaged directly any person from Intratrek. The person alleging this meeting must confirm to the Portfolio Committee where and when he did meet OPC officials. There is therefore no basis for this Office to appear before the Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy.”

In his evidence, Mr Chivayo said upon losing the tender, he wrote a letter to Dr Sibanda, who, in turn, referred the case to Dr Ndhukula.

Addressing journalists yesterday, Mr Mliswa said the committee has resolved to invite the OPC to come and make their representations before Parliament under oath.

“As a result, the committee had resolved to write back to them so they come and answer these issues under oath,” said Mr Mliswa.

Further, the committee has also resolved to invite all former ministers who were responsible for the solar project.

The ministers include Mr Elton Mangoma, who was in charge of the portfolio during the inclusive Government, and his successor Mr Dzikamai Mavhaire.

Dr Samuel Udenge, the immediate past minister, will also be hauled before the committee, together with Engineer Munacho Mutezo and former permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr Partson Mbiriri.

Mr Mangoma has since written to Parliament indicating his willingness to clear his name.

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  • Mumanyikawakaroka

    Please spare us the circus, did Chivhayo award himself the tender? Go to those who gave him the job, you know them but you are afraid of them.

    • Mbhekiseni Malunga Sibeko

      Aningenelanga nezozinto kuhulumende, ngifuna kuphela ukulungiswa nokushonishwa komthetho wesisekeleo namalungelo ami. Uma kukhona la ngingenzanga kuhle bakwethu, akukho soka lingenasici.

      • Mumanyikawakaroka

        Sokutheni Baba uze uxolise kangakho? Are you a (former) member of the Tender Board which corruptly awarded the tender to Chivhayo? Otherwise most of us payed no part and should not feel guilty.

        • Mbhekiseni Malunga Sibeko

          Ngaphiwa imali emva kokuba lumuntu aphiwe isthupha somgunyathi esokuba yi supplier yale project lena mali ebizwa nge Bribe.

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      You are right he didn’t award himself the tender, nut what has he done with the tender he was awarded. Only built tuck shops on gwanda. If you wanna tender, to do the job and provide evidence of work done but chivayo has not been able to do so. What it then means is that both are fraudsters, the one who awarded and the one who wqs awarded. We want results. How long has it been since then. And to ne shown 3 tuchshops in gwanda, are those the ones that will house the power station. Asi wakadya wo na wicknell

      • Mumanyikawakaroka

        It is a trend we have seen before. People with no capacity, technical or material, are awarded tenders ahead of those who qualify. Then this “hand-greaser”, after being awarded the tender, goes to look for qualified people who would then charge their fees too. At the end of the day if the tender was for 100km road only 20km will be done and the money is finished. Who then is to blame? The one who awarded the tender knowing that the tenderer is technically unqualified and doesn’t even have an excavator!! Iwe ungarambe mari here knowing that you have nothing to lose?

    • BigSmoke0161

      Everyone jnows there are procedures, did you think we would ever reach this stage, pakai mastedy, they will all fall. Sabhambi uyu hake

  • Matematanda V.

    This boy is behind his down fall. How on earth can a sane person publicise all the world material they amassed from their ill-worlth. All this show off will end in regret. He should have humbled himself and nobody would have bothered about him. Now he will pay big.

    • Tatenda Changamire

      Aifarisa, maybe he thot the Mugabes were going to be in power forever. Nobody saw November 2017 coming. Oh well, karma is a bitch my darling!