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Chivayo says he will build the Gwanda solar plant

by Mandla Ndlovu
23 Apr 2019 at 18:38hrs | Views
Maverick businessman Wicknell Chivayo says he has not abandoned the Gwanda solar plant and he will proceed to build it.

Chivayo was responding to ZANU PF member Never Maswerasei who had said, "Kindly proceed and build the Gwanda solar plant. It is a national project that will tremendously benefit our people. Zambia and Namibia have already completed their own and power shortages will soon be a thing of the past. Please!"

Chivayo replied, "My brother definitely I will against all odds."

A High Court judge ruled recently threw out fraud charges against the Harare businessman involving $5,6 million.

Justice Owen Tagu said the criminal charges against Chivayo were a "high sounding nothing" because at the heart of the matter was a civil dispute which should have never been taken to a criminal court.

Chivayo was on trial at the Harare Magistrates Court over a long delayed solar power project in Gwanda, Matabeleland South. The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) accused the businessman of defrauding it after it released $5,6 million for pre-commencement works on a $200 million tender to deliver 100 megawatts of electricity, money which it said quickly vanished into the businessman's many accounts without much work being carried out on site.

Chivayo faced charges of contravening sections of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act and the Exchange Control Act.

Source - Byo24News