Knives Still Out For Wicknell As Mnangagwa’s Special Anti-Corruption Unit Challenges Acquittal
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s special anti-corruption unit has said that the case against controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo is still on despite the fact that the businessman was acquitted by the High Court on Thursday.
In fact, the head of the presidential anti-corruption unit Advocate Thabani Mpofu has indicated that they are appealing the ruling made by High Court judge Justice Owen Tagu who declared that Chivayo and his company Intrateck Zimbabwe had no criminal case to answer in a case where the businessman was being accused of defrauding the Zimbabwe Power Company of more US$5 million which was advanced to him for the Gwanda Solar Project.
Speaking to New Zimbabwe, Mpofu said,
To that end, the State has already commenced the process to note an appeal against the decision of the High Court with the view to lodging the relevant papers before the end of business today (Friday).
For the avoidance of doubt, the State has collected unassailable evidence against Wicknell Chivayo in both the current case in question and the case of bribery involving the then chairman of ZPC.
The State’s position against Chivayo was vindicated by Justice Musakwa of the High Court who found in December that Chivayo had a case to answer in the same case he obtained the latest relief.
It is the duty of the State, not only to protect public funds from the abuse that was occasioned in this instance but to ensure that those involved in cases of misuse of public funds are fully prosecuted in the courts.
Chivayo who has been gloating since his acquittal is yet to respond.
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