Zvishavane council bosses nabbed over tender corruption
Three top Zvishavane Town Council officials have been arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) on allegations of flouting tender procedures and awarding the same contract twice to a company, JM Construction, which had failed to fulfil the terms of the first contract.
Further, they are accused of allegedly renewing the agreement with JM Construction, a land developing firm, without a council resolution.
The officials are town secretary Tinoda Mukutu (53), housing director Nhlanhla Ngwenya (44) and town engineer Dominic Mapwashike (44).
They have since appeared at the Zvishavane Magistrates Court and were remanded out of custody to June 28, on $30 000 bail each, and ordered to continue residing at their given addresses.
In addition, they were ordered not to interfere with witnesses and to tamper with evidence, surrender travel documents to report once every fortnight at CID Zvishavane.
It is alleged that sometime in 2016, Zvishavane Town Council entered into a partnership agreement with Monitor Enterprises trading as JM Construction, for the servicing of 27 central business district extension stands in the valued at US$2 772 258.31.
JM Construction won the partnership agreement after competing in a tender process that was flighted by the Town Council, but the two-year timeframe lapsed before completion of agreed works resulting in the termination of the agreement.
A notice of cancellation of the partnership agreement was served to JM Construction by the Town Council’s lawyers Chigariro, Phiri and Partners Legal Practitioners on October 1, 2018.
When the agreement was terminated, the Town Council was supposed to start the tendering process afresh, by way of flighting an advert in the local press inviting bids to continue with servicing of the stands.
However, on December 17, 2019, the trio allegedly connived and contrary to and inconsistent with their duties, the trio clandestinely negotiated and hand-picked JM Construction again to continue with the contract.
They allegedly entered into another new agreement with new conditions for the continued servicing of the 27 stands with JM Construction, without a council resolution and without going through the tender process.
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