Chivhayo case deferred to next month, Simba Chikore now a free man

By Patience Nyagato
THE trial of Harare businessman Wicknell Chivhayo and his company Intratrek Zimbabwe has been postponed to the 13th of next month after the presiding prosecutor recused himself from the case.
The state submitted that it requires time to take over the case which was being handled by prosecutor Brian Vito.
Chivhayo is facing charges of bribery for allegedly giving ten thousand United States dollars to former Zimbabwe Power Company ZPC board chair Stanley Kazhanje to be awarded a solar project tender.
Chivhayo will be back in court on the 13th of next month.
In another case, Former Air Zimbabwe chief operations officer Simba Chikore is now a free man after the court upheld his application of exception.
Chikore was being accused of flouting tender procedures and awarding security tenders to undeserving companies during the time he was leading the national airline in 2017.
Chikore’s charge of criminal abuse of office was scrapped off on the basis that Air Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited is not a parastatal, thus he cannot be prosecuted like a civil servant given that they do not follow the same tender processes.
Still at the courts, Former Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) board vice chairperson Idah Mupamhanga pleaded not guilty to three counts of criminal abuse of office and concealing a transaction from a principal.
Mupamhanga is alleged to have facilitated the awarding of lease agreements without following due procedure and showing favour to some companies.
She is also accused of concealing a ten thousand United States dollar transaction from Zimparks which she had received from a client.

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