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Sickness delays Mugabe ally's case

Former Minister of Energy and Power Development, Samuel Undenge's trial was deferred after the one of the witness failed to appear in court over sickness.

Undenge's case is in connection with a matter in which Intratrek Zimbabwe was corruptly awarded the Gwanda solar power plant tender by Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC).

Harare Magistrate Esteri Chivasa postponed the matter to November 5 after one of the witness from Zimbabwe Power Company was said to be sick.

Undenge is currently on bail pending appeal on a separate charge in which he was jailed for prejudicing the same power utility company of $12 650.

Allegations are that in 2016, the former minister handpicked a public relations company called Fruitful Communications owned by Psychology Maziwisa and former ZBC news anchor Oscar Pambuka to do work for ZPC.

This was done without going to tender

He was sentenced to four years in prison, with one-and-a-half years suspended on condition he does not commit a similar crime.

The latest charges arose after businessman Chivayo's company, Intratrek Zimbabwe, was corruptly awarded the Gwanda solar power plant tender.

When Chivayo initially appeared in court, the prosecution told the court that Undenge would also be arrested in connection with the offence.

It is alleged Chivayo failed to execute the project despite getting $5 607 814,24 from Government.

Venranda Munyoro from the Special Presidential Anti-Corruption Unit represented the State while Mr Alec Muchadehama appeared on behalf of Undenge.

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