Mnangagwa Wants to Jail His Pal Wicknell Chivayo

Controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo faces prosecution with the risk of doing time behind bars, after President Mnangagwa yesterday said the mistake made in awarding him the Gwanda solar project should not be repeated. The President said this soon after touring Nyangani Renewable Energy, a solar power project in Mutoko.

President Mnangagwa said Government had learnt a lesson from the Chivayo debacle compared to the success of the Nyangani project.

“Both experiences are good because we should never repeat what happened in Gwanda,” he said.
“So both experiences give us good lessons.”

He commended the Nyangani project adding Government would in future avoid dealing with businessmen of Mr Chivayo’s ilk.
“Here is a project recently started and we are having 2,5 MW in the national grid and soon it will be 10MW in the national grid. In Gwanda, it is in the third year now and nothing has happened.

“We need in the future to have committed people who have experience in projects of this nature, not these fly-by-night briefcase businessmen,” President Mnangagwa said before abruptly adding a reminder that “Chikurubi is not full”, a reference to the maximum security prison on the outskirts of Harare.

Mr Chivayo was awarded the Gwanda solar project in 2013 and was paid over $5 million for pre-commencement works.
There is little progress on the Gwanda project yet Mr Chivayo has been flaunting his riches on social media.
He recently took a selfie of himself with stakes of South African rands.

He often boasts on social media about his riches and that he always laughs last.
Parliament’s portfolio on Mines and Energy chaired by Norton legislator Mr Temba Mliswa carried an inquiry into the award of the tender to Mr Chivayo and has exposed several irregularities in the deal.

A tour by the parliamentary committee of the project site in Gwanda found two wooden cabins. The committee has recommended that the tender be rescinded and Mr Chivayo pay back the money he was given.

Nyangani Renewable Energy has been in operation for the past 11 years and also runs the Nyamingura Hydro Power Station in Honde Valley.-Herald

Ex-Airline Official Accusing Mugabe’s Son-in-law Of Kidnap Is Named

A sacked official from a controversial new Zimbabwe airline has accused former president Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law of kidnapping her, according to a statement she made to police.

Lawyer Bertha Zakeyo says she was held hostage by Zimbabwe Airways officials and security guards when she refused to vacate her office last week after she was dismissed by her boss Simba Chikore, who is married to Mugabe’s daughter Bona.

Questioned by police

Zakeyo filed a complaint to police on Thursday. Chikore was picked up and questioned by police on the same day, reports the private Daily News.

It said Zakeyo was sacked after she was accused by Chikore of leaking company secrets and holding unauthorised meetings away from the office.

Denied access to lawyer

“In a docket opened at the Highlands Police Station (in Harare), Zakeyo said Chikore – whom she accused of masquerading as a captain – kidnapped her for more than two hours and also denied her access to her lawyer,” the paper said.

The existence of Zimbabwe Airways only became public knowledge recently. The company – which will likely be in direct competition with the struggling national airline Air Zimbabwe – recently purchased a second hand Boeing 777 from Malaysia Airlines. But the plane has not yet undertaken a single commercial flight.

Purge of ‘disloyal staff’

There is speculation that the Mugabe family has shares in the new company. This has been denied by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, which insists the new plane and others due to be purchased are entirely state-owned.

The Daily News said Chikore had “reportedly embarked on a purge of senior staff he accuses of being disloyal to the company”.