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Parliament clerk Chokuda nabbed by ZACC; granted $100k bail

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By Staff Reporter


THE Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has arrested Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda.

In a statement ZACC said Chokuda faces charges of criminal abuse of office together with Parly Procurement director Stanely Bhebhe following a laptop tender scandal.

“@ZACConline has arrested Clerk of Parliament, Mr Kennedy Mugove Chokuda for criminal abuse of duty as a public officer as defined in section 174 of the CriminalLaw (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23),” the statement reads.

He appeared in court Thursday and was granted $100 000 bail by a Harare Magistrate.

Chokuda was remanded out of custody to May 31 2023.

Allegations are that on June 17, 2022, Parliament flighted an advert inviting interested bidders for the supply and delivery of 173 laptops and 79 desktop computers.
The court papers showed that 92 companies showed interest before 30 were shortlisted.
In August of the same year, Mid-End Computers was awarded the contract to supply and deliver 79 desktop computers at US$3 000 each and laptops at over US$9 000 each.
Treasury did not release funds alleging prices were too high.
Chokuda and Bhebhe are also being accused of allegedly negotiating with prospective suppliers for prices to be reduced using unsigned standard bidding documents.
Recently, MPs queried why police and ZACC had not acted on the laptop scam involving the officials at Parliament.