CAAZ boss Chawota in court again, charged with ministry of Transport boss

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By Mary Taruvinga

MINISTRY of Transport legal director Angeline Karonga (56) and Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) managing director David Chawota, have been dragged to court on allegations of pocketing RTGS$1 million which they acquired through a corrupt deal.

The two are charged with “corruptly concealing from a principal, a personal interest in a transaction.” Chawota already has two charges of corruption for which he has been denied bail.

According to the State, sometime in January 2012, the accused made an application to the State Procurement Board (SPB) for their company to be on the approved list of suppliers of bulk and drummed bitumen to participate in government tenders.

The application was duly approved by the SPB.

The accused persons’ company went on to register with Zimbabwe National Road Authority (Zinara) a public entity “under the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development a supplier of Bitumen.”

“The accused person company went on to carry out transactions for supply of catmix and stable 60 which are products for the manufacture of bitumen on 24 occasions from the 2nd of February 2012 up to the 18th of August 2013,” said prosecutors.

It is the State’s case that the fact that the accused persons were supplying bitumen to Zinara, a public entity falling within the same ministry and that they did not disclose to their principals their personal interest in the subject matter of the transaction constitutes a crime.

“The accused persons were paid a total of RTGS$1 234 004 whereupon they shared the proceeds without disclosing their personal interest in the transactions intending to deceive their principals or realising a real risk or possibility that the principal may be deceived,” State papers show.

Chawota faces two more criminal abuse of office charges and is in custody after he was denied bail by Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.

Magistrate Learnmore Mapiye presided over the new case.