FORMER Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s daughter, Kangai (38), claims she was assisting embattled businessman and Intratrek owner Wicknell Chivayo purchase “equipment” in the United States when some $187 000 was funnelled into her account.
BY RICHARD CHIDZA
The money is reportedly part of proceeds from a $5 million loot Chivayo controversially received from power supplier Zesa Holdings subsidiary, Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) for the construction of a $5 million solar plant in Gwanda that is still to take off the ground years later.
Documents gleaned by NewsDay that form part of Chivayo’s docket, show that Kangai, a US permanent resident, was employed by Intratrek initially as an “intern” in 2014 before she turned into a “consultant during contract negotiations with a Chinese supplier”.
“I travelled to China company and sat for the project negotiations as a financial consultant,” read part of Kangai’s affidavit deposed with the police now forming part of the docket prosecutors have pieced together in a bid to nail Chivayo.
Sometime in 2015, Kangai left Intratrek after getting a place for further study in China and never returned to her position as Chivayo’s employee.
Instead, in 2016, she claims she returned to the US before Chivayo requested to use her Visa account with CBZ Bank for purchase of some “equipment he wanted in the US”, but the money was later transferred into different unnamed accounts at the shadowy businessman’s instructions.
Chivayo is said to have pleaded with Kangai to use her Visa card, arguing it would make it easier than the long-winding processes he was expected to follow if he were to use his own bank accounts in Zimbabwe.
Chinamasa’s daughter claims after agonising over the issue “for personal reasons”, she later agreed.
Chivayo subsequently deposited $187 350 into her account.
“From the deposited amount, $7 300 was for personal assistance … a further $180 000 was disposed by myself on accused’s instructions,” Kangai said.
Chinamasa was this week named as the official who advised ZPC to raise the $5 million Chivayo had demanded for the solar project’s feasibility studies.
“After the accused (former Energy minister Samuel Undenge) had given us the greenlight to pay Chivayo, we approached the then Minister of Finance (Chinamasa), who advised us to raise the money through CBZ Bank,” former ZPC managing director Noah Gwariro told magistrate Esteri Chivasa early this week.
Gwariro spilled the beans while testifying during the trial of former Energy minister Samuel Undenge, who is facing criminal abuse of office charges.
Gwariro said after Undenge instructed ZPC to pay Chivayo, he then approached Chinamasa, who then advised him to raise the money through CBZ Bank.
The ex-ZPC boss said after receiving the orders, he then texted one Engineer Chiwara of Hwange to immediately effect a transfer of $200 000 into Chivayo’s Intratrek’s bank account.
Asked by Undenge’s lawyer Alec Muchadehama if he had evidence to show the court that the former Energy minister pressured him to effect a payment to Chivayo, the ex-ZPC boss said he did not have.
ZPC allegedly released $5 607 814,24 to Intratrek for the project to take off, but Chivayo allegedly converted or transferred the money into various individual and company accounts and did nothing on the ground.-nEWSDAY