The trial of Intratrek Zimbabwe managing director Wicknell Chivayo continued on Friday with Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) financial director Mr Eubert Chiwara confirming that the businessman was awarded the tender after recommendations by the ZPC evaluation committee and the then State Procurement Board.
Chivayo and his company are facing charges of defrauding ZPC of over $5,6million he received for the Gwanda solar project.
Chiwara, who is State witness, confirmed that Chivayo indeed carried out works at Gwanda solar project site but missing were certificates to clear him.
He was giving his testimony before Harare Magistrate Lazini Ncube .
During cross examination by Chivayo’s lawyer, Advocate Lewis Uriri, Chiwara was asked if indeed work was carried out and he responded in the affirmative.
“Yes the site was cleared. An ablution facility was built but not yet complete,” he said.
Chiwara also told court that a power line and fence was erected on the site.
“But there was no certificate of completion given to us as Finance and the first accused As finance we take it that no work has been done as long as there is no certificate confirming the developments,” he said.
Earlier, the witness cleared Chivayo of any wrongdoing, saying the tender issued to Intratek was above board.
Chiwara testified that Chivayo’s Intratek began work on the project site but failed to complete the assignment on time.
He further told the court that the tender to Intratrek was issued above board.
In his defence, Advocate Uriri said it was incorrect for the State to allege Chivayo prejudiced ZPC of $5,6million when work valued at$3,6 million was done at the site.
He referred to an evaluation report by ZPC engineers which he said indicated ill-performance of $1,8 million.
“It is alleged accused was paid without an advance payment guarantee, but for some of the payments made, there was no need for advance payment guarantee because it was not an advance payment. ZPC was paying for work already done not which was to be done,” he said.
Chivayo is facing fraud charges, contravening sections of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act and the Exchange Control Act.
It is the State’s case that Chivayo’s company, Intratek Zimbabwe, was fraudulently awarded the Gwanda solar power plant tender worth $5607 814,24 by the ZPC following a directive from former Energy and Power Development Minister Samuel Undenge