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ZPC loses case against Chivayo’s Intratrek

Story by Fungai Jachi, Courts Reporter

THE Supreme Court has dismissed Zimbabwe Power Company’s appeal against a High Court ruling reinstating businessman Wicknell Chivhayo’s Gwanda Solar Project contract.

The ruling by the Supreme Court brings to an end the dragging legal dispute that has been ongoing since 2015.

Justices Joseph Musakwa and George Chiweshe handed down a brief judgment, slapping Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) with costs.

The judges only read the operative part of the judgment, indicating that the full judgment will be available at a later stage.

Chivayo’s lawyer, Advocate Lewis Uriri unpacks the judgment.

“So, what this means is that the Gwanda Solar project will now resume because the Supreme Court has ruled that Intratrek’s contract is valid.”

ZPC had lodged an appeal complaining that Chivayo did not fulfil the contract’s obligations, hence the High Court erred when it ruled that the contract was binding and valid.

Chivayo’s lawyer, Advocate Uriri insisted that his client had not violated the contract hence it was still binding.

The Supreme Court ruling brings the matter to finality, with the Gwanda Solar Project now expected to proceed.

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