ZESA Bosses attempt to block evidence fails

An attempt by former minister, Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, who was the presidential candidate for the Coalition of Democrats in the 2018 elections, Elton Mangoma, suspended ZESA CEO Josh Chifamba and ZESA enterprises managing director Tererai Mutasa to block some documents from being tendered before the court has failed

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An attempt by former minister, Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, who was the presidential candidate for the Coalition of Democrats in the 2018 elections, Elton Mangoma, suspended ZESA CEO Josh Chifamba and ZESA enterprises managing director Tererai Mutasa to block some documents from being tendered before the court has failed

Harare Magistrate Francis Mapfumo ruled that the documents in question would be tendered before court and the defense would in turn cross examine to test the authenticity of the documents.

The trial in which the three are facing charges of criminal abuse of duty as public officers has been rolled over to Monday for trial continuatio.

The three bosses pleaded not guilty to the charges as per the instructions from their defence counsels when trial commenced.

The State led by Zivanai Macharaga alleges that the trio had connived and tendered an unprocedural tender to a South Korean company in 2010.

The court heard that in 2010 Choi Young Jin of Techpro company Ltd of South Korea met Mangoma at his offices in Harare and they agreed to enter into a technology transfer partnership between ZESA Ent and Techpro company of South Korea.

Mangoma instructed Mutasa to liaise with Techpro with the view to establish a partnership.

Mutasa then wrote to the State Procurement Board (SPB) seeking advise on procedures to be followed in such partnerships and he was advised to proceed with Section 49 of the Repealed Procurement Regulation Act Chapter 22.14 and to seek assistance from State Enterprises Restructuring Agents (SERA) on how to proceed.

SERA advised Mutasa to prepare a memorandum that Mangoma would submit to the inter-ministerial committee, (IMCCPP)on commercialization and privatization of parastatals recommending Techpro through a competitive bidding process.

On receiving the business proposal memorandum and bid documents for tender, Chifamba and Mangoma connived to bypass the approval by IMCCPP and the competitive bidding process showing favor to Techpro.

The state said that the act was unprocedural and caused ZESA enterprises to suffer prejudice of $850 000