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A parliamentary committee is calling for the $202 million Gwanda Solar Project tender to be withdrawn. In addition, they said former ministers must be prosecuted if they flouted tender procedures in awarding the contract.

The tender for the 100MW Gwanda Solar Project was awarded to Intratrek Zimbabwe in 2015.

According to the Herald, the Mines and Energy Portfolio committee also wants the boards of ZESA Holdings and the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) to be dismissed for failing to follow good corporate governance practices in awarding the contract.

“The money paid to Intratek should be recovered after investigations are completed and the award (of the tender) to Intratek needs to be rescinded in light of violations of the Company’s Act and the (now) repealed Procurement Act,” committee chairperson Temba Mliswa said in a report tabled in the National Assembly last week.

“Ministers and deputy ministers named in the corrupt activities at the Gwanda Solar Project should be investigated and prosecuted, and the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission and the Zimbabwe Republic Police should conduct an investigation on the ministers implicated in the scandal,” read the report.

Intratrek received an advance

After winning the bid, Intratrek is reported to have received $5,6 million in advance for preparatory work on the solar plant. Read more: Gwanda solar project not making progress

“The committee was informed that the ZPC managing director Noah Gwariro acted without consulting the board because of pressure from politicians that included former ministers of energy, Mavhaire, Mangoma, Undenge and Mutezo. However, Mutezo appeared before the committee and denied the allegations,” said Mliswa.

Former energy minister Samuel Undenge is said to have communicated directly with the board to influence payments to the company’s managing director, Wicknell Chivayo.

“It was clear that Undenge used to have direct communication with ZPC management and was the one said to have instructed the ZPC board to make payments to Chivayo without (Chivayo) having to provide a bank guarantee,” said Mliswa.