Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
Former President Robert Mugabe’s son in law Simba Chikore was yesterday summoned to court facing criminal abuse of office charges.
Chikore was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare senior regional magistrate Tranos Utahwashe.
The complainant is the State, represented by Onias Bingira Moyo in his capacity as the Safety Aviator and was thev acting manager quality, safety and security during the period in question.
Allegations are that on August 30 2017, Chikore signed a memorandum of agreement with Safeguard Security service for the provision of security services without following procurement procedures.
The contract which Chikore reportedly signed with Safeguard security services for ten security guards had a total value of US$16 445 per month which was above the US$10 000 threshold requiring informal tender. The ten security guards were deployed at various Air Zimbabwe’s work stations.
In terms of the repeated procurement act chapter 22:14 as read with section 4:2 of the repeated procurement regulations as amended by the statutory instrument which stipulated that any procuring of services above US$10000 to US$50000 required on informal tender.
The informal tender required the accounting officer of a procuring entity to have advertised in the newspaper for the required service and thereafter evaluate the bids submitted.
The State alleges that Chikore despite not being the accounting officer, single handedly engaged the services of safeguard ignoring the advice of the accounting officer.
Panganai Chiutsi appeared on behalf of the state while Brighton Pabwe appeared for Chikore.