“We further noted that on January 13, 2014, (former Zimbabwe Power Company managing director, engineer Noah) Gwariro wrote a letter to the State Procurement Board in which he recommended the appointment of a second 100-megawatt contract to Intratrek Zimbabwe, who had ranked second in the evaluation of tender number ZPC HO 10/2013.
“We interviewed engineer Gwariro who informed us that the variation was made on the basis of directives which were made by the former Minister of Energy, Mavhaire. He also informed us that Intratrek had lobbied with Mangoma and Mavhaire to be considered for the project and that this was improper conduct,” the auditors said.
The auditors also revealed that the directives from Mangoma to award Intratrek the contract were done verbally without documentation to prove that the directive had indeed come from the ministry.
“Engineer Gwariro’s request to appoint Intratrek Zimbabwe who was ranked second in the evaluation was in contravention of section 31(m) of the Procurement Act which states, ‘the procuring entity shall accept whichever valid tender offers the lowest price, unless other criteria are specified in the solicitation documents, in which event these criteria shall be followed’,” the auditors said.
They said Mavhaire then called for a meeting which was attended by Chinamasa and former State Procurement Board (SPB) principal director Cledywin Nyanhete.
“Mr (former Energy permanent secretary Partson) Mbiriri further stated that at the said meeting, Chinamasa approved the proposal and instructed the SPB to implement it accordingly. However, at the time of drafting this report, verbal indications from former secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Willard Manungo, were that they were not aware of the meeting having been held,” the forensic audit report said.
However, section 20(5) of the Procurement Act stipulates that any direction given by the President or any minister to the SPB must be gazetted.
The forensic audit also revealed that Gwariro continued to disregard provisions of the Procurement Act and wrote to the SPB to direct that Intratrek Zimbabwe’s bid be considered.
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