Outcry Over Chivayo High Court Victory
Following a High Court ruling that cleared controversial businessman, Wicknell Chivhayo of any wrongdoing in the Zimbabwe Power Company gender saga, Zimbabweans have reacted with anger accusing the judiciary system of failing the nations fight against corruption.
Norton legislator Temba Mliswa described the judiciary system as shaky accusing it of failing to deal with corruption cases involving big fishes.
“Corruption lives another day….Whats wrong with this country? Is the judicial system captured too? How will we deal with corruption now? I’m one who had faith in the judiciary now the 3 pillars are looking shaky..its very difficult,” wrote Mliswa on Twitter today.
Chivhayo’s court victory leaves ZPC with the onus of paying him $25 million for breach of contract or to allow his company to proceed with the Gwanda solar project.
ZPC and Intratrek had signed $172 million agreement for the construction of the Gwanda solar project which Chivhayo failed to deliver.
In an almost similar event, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor exonerated four Directors he earlier suspended following revelations by whistleblower, Acie Lumumba that they were involved in money laundering activities.
In a statement, Mangudya said the quartet who had been suspended for allegedly putting their hands in forex reserves fueling black money, had been absolved of wrong doing.
Human rights lawyer and former education minister David Coltart described Mnangagwa’s administration’s failure to prosecute corruption cases as damaging to the country.
“If this catch and release strategy of the Mnangagwa regime was not so damaging to #Zimbabwe this would be funny. The gulf between the rhetoric of “zero tolerance of corruption” and real action is widening. Mnangagwa and the ruining party’s smoke and mirrors game is now clear to all,” he wrote on twitter today.