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Sir Wickenll Back In Court For Defrauding The Government Of More Than US$5 Million

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25 Nov, 2020 | Posted By: Staff Reporter

Sir Wickenll Back In Court For Defrauding The Government Of More Than US$5 Million

The fraud trial of controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo and former Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) chairman Stanley Chizhanje will start today at the Harare Magistrates court after it was in an unexpected false start yesterday.

The State is accusing Chivayo and Chizhanje of defrauding the government of more than US$5 million.

In 2015 Chivayo’s company Intratrek won a tender for the construction of the US$200 million Gwanda Solar Power Project. However, the flamboyant businessman never showed any meaningful progress on the project apart from a few cabins and buildings despite receiving a US$5 million advance from the government.

iHarare has learned from State media that the trial was yesterday deferred to today after the prosecutor handling the matter, Mr. Brian Vito, failed to attend court after his car broke down in Bulawayo and could not travel back to Harare on time to attend court.

Early this year, Chivayo applied for a review of his fraud case at the High Court where judge Justice Owen Tagu, dismissed the charges saying the matter was a civil case and not a criminal one.
However, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) appealed at the Apex Court against the High Court decision that absolved Chivayo and Intratrek of any criminal liability in the Gwanda Solar Power Project.

A three-judge panel comprising Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza, Justice Rita Makarau, and Justice Susan Mavangira unanimously ruled that Chivayo should face charges of defrauding the government.

Chivayo and his company were yesterday represented by Advocate Lewis Uriri, while Chizhanje was being represented by Advocate Sylvester Hashiti.

Mrs. Farirai Undenge appeared for the State.
The fraud trial of controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo and former Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) chairman Stanley Chizhanje will start today at the Harare Magistrates court after it was in an unexpected false start yesterday.

The State is accusing Chivayo and Chizhanje of defrauding the government of more than US$5 million.

In 2015 Chivayo’s company Intratrek won a tender for the construction of the US$200 million Gwanda Solar Power Project. However, the flamboyant businessman never showed any meaningful progress on the project apart from a few cabins and buildings despite receiving a US$5 million advance from the government.

iHarare has learned from State media that the trial was yesterday deferred to today after the prosecutor handling the matter, Mr. Brian Vito, failed to attend court after his car broke down in Bulawayo and could not travel back to Harare on time to attend court.

Early this year, Chivayo applied for a review of his fraud case at the High Court where judge Justice Owen Tagu, dismissed the charges saying the matter was a civil case and not a criminal one.
However, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) appealed at the Apex Court against the High Court decision that absolved Chivayo and Intratrek of any criminal liability in the Gwanda Solar Power Project.

A three-judge panel comprising Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza, Justice Rita Makarau, and Justice Susan Mavangira unanimously ruled that Chivayo should face charges of defrauding the government.

Chivayo and his company were yesterday represented by Advocate Lewis Uriri, while Chizhanje was being represented by Advocate Sylvester Hashiti.

Mrs. Farirai Undenge appeared for the State.


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