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Chivhayo On The Edge As Bribery Counterpart Is Sent To Jail

Harare Businessman and socialite Wicknell ‘Sir Wicknell’ Chivhayo is on the edge following the conviction of his alleged accomplice Stanley Kazhanje who is Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) executive on corruption charges.

The partner in crime will serve an effective one year after three years were suspended.

The former Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) boss Stanely Kazhanje, was found guilty of accepting a bribe from the flamboyant businessman who later won a tender for the construction of the Gwanda solar power plant.

The court had heard that Chivhayo’s Intratrek Zimbabwe was on the cusp of having a US$172 million contract for the 100MW solar power plant in Gwanda cancelled for non-performance when US$10,000 was deposited in Kazhanje’s bank account from Intratrek.

When senior ZPC management were pushing for a cancellation of ZPC’s contract, prosecutors said Kazhanje – who had not declared his dealings with Intratrek – opposed the move, instead suggesting that ZPC should pay Intratrek’s suppliers directly instead.

Regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya said he was not persuaded by Kazhanje’s defense that he was being paid for prior consultancy services performed by his company, Terminal Engineers.

Chivhayo has been dragged to court and cleared of countless cases of fraud and money laundering.

However his bribery case is still before the courts and now that his ally is now behind bars, Chivhayo is now in a very precarious position as he could follow suit.

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