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Minister grilled over Chivayo power project

By Oliver Kazunga

LEGISLATORS yesterday took Energy and Power Development Minister Dr Samuel Undenge to task over the $5 million his ministry paid to a local contractor for the Gwanda Solar Power project.

Wicknell Chivayo
Wicknell Chivayo

Intratek Zimbabwe, which is owned by flamboyant Harare businessman, Mr Wicknell Chivayo, was awarded the tender for the $202 million 100MW Gwanda Solar project in October 2015. The project remains in limbo to date.Parliamentarians attending the Parliamentary 2018 pre-budget conference here grilled Dr Undenge during a question and answer session to explain how the $5 million was paid to Intratek.

Dr Undenge admitted that the project had stalled and had been taken over by the Zimbabwe Power Company.

“The tender for the Gwanda Solar Power project was awarded to a company owned by Wicknell Chivayo (Intratek) and in the contract there was a provision for the payment of pre-commencement works, which was supposed to be paid to the company for topographical studies and feasibility studies,” said the Minister in response.

“I don’t know how much was paid for the pre-commencement services such as topographical and feasibility studies. The Zimbabwe Power Company has taken over management of the project.”

The Speaker of Parliament, Advocate Jacob Mudenda, then directed the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy to investigate matter.

“In terms of Standing Orders, the committee is allowed to ask for documentation in order for the matter to be fully distilled. The Committee on Mines and Energy has men and women of integrity; they will have to carry with them the Auditor General’s report as a point of departure and the Minister (Dr Undenge) has to answer,” he said.

Dr Undenge was showered with questions by legislators who sought an explanation over progress in the implementation of the project.

“We need to know how the $5 million is going to be recovered from Intratek as there was no service done and the contract has been given to another company. Part of the $5 million was also paid to his (Dr Undenge’s) personal account, let him account for the money,” Norton MP, Mr Temba Mliswa (independent), said.

Mabvuku-Tafara legislator, Mr James Maridadi (MDC-T), said the pre-budget gathering had given them an opportunity to ask Dr Undenge to account for the money his ministry paid to Intratek for a project that has not been done.

The Environmental Management Agency has since approved the Environmental Impact Assessment report for the development of the 100 megawatt solar plant in Gwanda. The Chronicle

  • 2cents yakapihwa MaWarriors

  • Asi project yacho haisati yapera?? Haisati yaakuunza magetsi?? Serious??

    • Giant Gold Goliath

      Haisati yatanga as in there’s not a single solar panel in place.

  • Undenge in all fairness he did nothing for the country he is Lucky that the current political wave protects him

  • Lol zvadhakwa manje

  • About time these questions were asked . .

  • Dopori

    Undenge should be fired from both the party and governmemt. If the $5mln sounds and smells like a bribe, it is a bribe.

    • mabwe

      Never! He is g40 saka hapana nyaya

  • Another Zm Gupta

  • Yoooh,paying before getting the service,its gone.

  • Austin Upenyu you on point!

  • Soon the biblical fool rich young man will brag of his powerful political connections.

  • In Zimbabwe if you don’t throw a brown envelope under the table to the Zim Tender Board staff you are nothing.It starts from the minister,the deputy,the secretary last but not least the MP.Not even any outcome from such Parliamentary portfolio committees responsible for Energy that awarded Wickey the tender.Last to mention is Buhera South MP Uncle Joe Chinoz ‘s question about Why fuel procured in Zimbabwe from Beira is very expensive as compaired to Zambias ‘s.The Minister hasn’t by now provide Zimbabwe with a correct answer to Chinoz’s very sensible question.The minister should justfy how he migrated to that exobitant price.

  • Saka mari yakaenda kubhutsu

  • Tichavabata chete vese .muchaita mazambuko chaiwo one day

  • MUG40

  • MATSOTSI !!!

  • Sir Wickednell Chigayo or …. m confused

  • Chikurubi Maximum ichaita musha wevamwe varume very soon

  • Ngadonhedzwe nhasi chaiye

  • matsotsi

  • Zimbavha iri

  • Kungoti politics dziri tricky minister should be taken to task any where any time…but our politics they are sued, taken to court or arrested or investigated when they overstep only politically. No accountability.. no justification no thorough check..as long one is politically correct

  • 5 million

  • Guyz he won the tender if it waz u we will still want to know how u did it jus let it go

    • A tender is not a trophy,you don’t just win it so you can put it in a cabinet.

  • Another millions going true to hole

  • This kind of corruption has now become the norm in Zim and the perpertrtors will enjoy their loot without any fear of prosecution.How on earth would a minister say to the nation “i dont know how much Chivayo was paid ” ?A project of such magnitude and expense .Two years down the line not even one Mp raises an eye brow to raise suspicion despite any expose by the Sunday Mail early this year.This country stinks !!!!

  • We shouldn’t laugh but cry. …

  • Kusvikira Rinhi

    In a normal modern country, the Minister would be facing calls for his resignation. Under Zanu PF, it is business as usual.

    • Nyathi

      He will actually be promoted. The same guy is even calling for the firing of other Ministers like Oppah Muchinguri because they are not G40 (according to him).

  • The government of Zimbabwe paid a secondary school dropout $5million to carry out topographical and feasibility studies!Lord have mercy.The same Government paid a grade seven self proclaimed witch doctor loads to extract diesel from a rock.Yaaa!!

  • Ndiyo yaakano rooresa netumatrips tusingaperi 🙆🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🇿🇼

  • The course voiced minister who jubilates when someone is expelled

  • Where are you mr president

  • Haaaa ask him

  • And then what