Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
The defence case of former Zimbabwe Power Company chairman Stanley Kazhanje was back in court yesterday where he continued to exonerate himself.
Kazhanje stands accused of receiving $10 000 bribe from controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo to motivate him not to cancel the 100 megawatt Gwanda solar project which had been awarded to Chivayo’s company Intratrek Zimbabwe.
Kazhanje, who is represented by Sylvester Hashiti under the instruction of Garikai Mhishi, told the court that before his appointment to chair the ZPC board, his company Terminal Engineers did work for Intratrek Zimbabwe in a different tender that was later cancelled.
He told regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya that in the cancelled tender, he engaged with the ZPC management so they were aware of his involvement with Intratek before he was the chairperson maintaining that he never concealed any transaction.
To prove his case, Kazhanje produced minutes of a meeting that was attended by the company secretary Saidi Sangula and the projects director Robson Chikuri, a meeting in which Kazhanje claims he declared interest in Intratek and no one challenged the declaration.
“When I declared interest, no one challenged me or indicated they have a problem with me chairing the meetings. It could have been very difficult for me to conceal my previous life.
“Every year, I declared my direct and indirect personal interests in the businesses I was running,” Kazhanje said.
He added that his conduct does not reflect any existence of a personal interest in Intratrek’s affairs.
This was after it was revealed that he put to task ZPC’s management for paying Intratrek US$5 million without the knowledge of the board and without a bank guarantee.
Previously, Sangula and the current ZPC company secretary Nora Tsomondo testified that Kazhanje annually declared his previous dealings with Intratrek.
The matter was remanded to July 26.