Explosive Turn of Events: ZPC’s Appeal in Tatters as Wicknell Chivayo Seeks US$22 Million in Defamation Damages From ZESA
The Zimbabwe Power Company’s (ZPC) appeal against Wicknell Chivayo, the businessman accused of fraudulent activity in the Gwanda solar project, has been postponed to next week. The ZPC is seeking to challenge a High Court ruling that declared Chivayo not guilty of fraud. The Court reinstated him to run the project. However, the appeal could not proceed after it was discovered that the ZPC’s papers were in a shambles. This development caused confusion and disappointment among those present at the hearing.
Chivayo Demands Millions in Compensation
Wicknell Chivayo, via Intratrek Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, is asking for US$22 million in defamation damages from ZPC for his arrest. He is also seeking US$3 million for expenses incurred between 2013 and 2018. Chivayo claimed ZPC tainted his reputation by arresting him for fraud in the Gwanda solar project, reported ZimDaily.
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Court Upholds Chivayo’s Claim
In January of this year, High Court judge Justice Siyabona Musithu upheld Chivayo’s application and ordered ZPC to pay costs on a higher scale. Intratrek Zimbabwe was awarded the tender for the Gwanda solar project. Chivayo’s bid was the lowest out of six bidders at a cost of US$173 million. However, ZPC later sued Chivayo for fraud, but he was cleared by the courts.
ZPC Fails to Revive Case
Despite ZPC’s efforts to revive the case through the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe, the businessman and his company were found not guilty and acquitted.
Zimbabwe Power Company’s (ZPC) attempt to resuscitate the case against businessman Wicknell Chivayo has been unsuccessful. Despite their efforts through the National Prosecuting Authority, Chivayo and his company Intratrek Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd were found not guilty and acquitted