Chivayo scam: Mangoma to appear before MPs

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PARLIAMENT’S Mines and Energy Committee has agreed to allow former Energy minister and Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe leader Elton Mangoma to give his side of the story over the controversial Gwanda solar power project.

Mangoma, together with his predecessor Dzikamai Mavhaire and successor Samuel Undenge, were implicated in the payments and unprocedural tender award scandal to tenderprenuer Wicknell Chivhayo.

ZESA officials further claimed Mangoma had introduced them to contractor Intratrek Zimbabwe to them.

Immediately after the allegations, Mangoma who is opposition Coalition of Democrats presidential candidate, responded refuting the charges arguing he only authorized the feasibility study seeing it was necessary in avoiding costly errors.

He also requested to appear before the parliamentary committee to explain himself under oath.

Chairman of the committee Temba Mliswa told journalists at a press briefing held at parliament last Friday that Mangoma and the rest of the ministers implicated would be given time to appear before the legislators.

“It’s only fair that he comes and clears his name and enlighten us on issues as a result the committee has resolved to invite all former ministers of energy at the time and permanent secretaries to appear before us.

“Letters will be written to them so that we bring this issue to closure in a manner which gives all sides of the story.”

Mliswa commended Mangoma for voluntarily offering himself to appear before the committee.