Zimbabwe’s parliamentary energy committee is calling for the cancelation of the Gwanda Solar Power Plant project. The project is to be developed by Intratek stemming from a contract awarded in 2015.
It is also calling for the energy ministers who were in office at the time to be prosecuted and leaders of Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) and the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority to be dismissed for failing in the application of the rules in force when awarding the contract.
"The sums paid to Intratek will have to be returned after the completion of the investigations and the award of the contract rescinded because of the violations of the market code," said Temba Mliswa, the head of the Energy Commission, when presenting to colleagues.
The plant, with a capacity of 100 MW, was scheduled to enter service in February 2018. The ZPC has stated to Parliament, that it extended the duration of the contract for the preliminary work to be completed in April 2018. The extension had taken place after the expiry of the contractual period of two years as previously agreed. However, a visit to the site revealed that no work had been done.
"The committee has been informed that the executive director of the National Electric Company acted without consulting his board of directors, because of the pressure exerted by several officials, including the previous energy ministers Samuel Undenge, Dzikamai Mavhaire Elton Mongoma and former Deputy Minister Munashe Mutezo,” said Mliswa.