ZESA boss seeks refusal of remand over corruption charges

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Harare – ZESA Holdings group chief executive officer Joshua Chifamba has given notice for refusal of further remand if the State fails to allocate a trial date for him in a matter in which he is being charged for criminal abuse of office.

Chifamba (59) was charged together with the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) managing director Julian Chinembiri (53) and finance director Thokozani Dhliwayo (51).

The three are facing charges of criminal abuse of office after allegedly engaging in corrupt deals with an Indian Company, PME, for the supply of transformers. The deals are reportedly worth $35 million.

The matter has been remanded to November 23 upon which an application for refusal of further remand will be made if the State fails to furnish them with a trial date.

Thabani Mpofu is representing the three senior Zesa officials who are also facing two counts of criminal abuse of office. They are out on $3 000 bail each, coupled with stringent conditions.

Prosecutor Michael Reza told the court that sometime in March 2012, ZETDC and ZESA Enterprises (ZENT) (Pvt) Ltd entered into a two-year business transaction with an India-based company, PME Power Solutions, for the design, supply of equipment, engineering and supervision for the commissioning of substations at Chiwaridzo in Bindura, Senga in Gweru, Aerodrome and Cowdry Park in Bulawayo, without going to tender.