ZESA boss says forced by ZACC’s Goodson Nguni to testify against ‘innocent’ minister

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By Court Reporter

Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) boss Noah Gwariro has exonerated former Energy minister Samuel Undenge saying there nothing criminal in his conduct.

Gwariro was testifying in a case in which the ex-minister is accused of hand picking Fruitful Communications Company to do public relations for ZPC without going to tender.

Under cross examination with the accused’s lawyer Dumisani Mthombeni, Gwariro told court that it was never his intention to testify against Undenge saying he was coerced to do so by Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) boss Goodson Nguni.

“I never reported the case because I did not see anything criminal about the accused authorising the company to do the work,” he said.

Gwariro, however, admitted that ZPC erred by giving the company a contract considering that the company has a fully-fledged PR department.

Other witnesses who have testified also gave evidence in favour of Undenge.

The case is expected to continue with the investigating officer giving his testimony.

Undenge is facing criminal abuse of office charges.

The state alleges that he favoured a company jointly owned by a Zanu PF legislator Psychology Maziwisa and a broadcaster Oscar Pambuka.

Their company was paid $12 000 after they misrepresented that they had been instructed to do PR work for parastatals including ZPC.

The two were also arrested over the case and are answering to fraud charges.

Jonathan Murombedzi and Oscar Madhume are prosecuting.