Construction resumes at Chivayo’s Gwanda Solar Farm – PiCTURES

By Abel Karowangoro

The construction at the Gwanda Solar Farm has resumed with significant changes noted on site this week, Zim Morning Post can report.

New developments ... Intratrek director Wicknell Chivayo in front of the newly-built engineers' office block
New developments … Intratrek director Wicknell Chivayo in front of the newly-built engineers’ office block

This development follows High Court judge Tawanda Chitapi’s ruling wherein he ordered Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) and Intratrek Zimbabwe find common ground with view of fast tracking completion of the Gwanda solar power project.

Intratrek director Wicknell Chivayo inspecting construction on site at the Gwanda Solar Farm this week
Intratrek director Wicknell Chivayo inspecting construction on site at the Gwanda Solar Farm this week

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He submitted that ZPC and Intratrek must not “merry dance in board rooms and court rooms but must go to successfully implement the project for the benefit of Zimbabwe”.

He further noted that the power to be generated was not for use by Wicknell Chivayo and Intratrek but for the nation at large.

Fenced off … The 200-hectare site of Gwanda power plant has been fenced off
Fenced off … The 200-hectare site of Gwanda power plant has been fenced off

Intratrek had applied for leave to execute High Court judge, Justice Tawanda Chitapi’s December 2018 ruling, pending appeal, over a contractual dispute regarding the Gwanda solar project, which was delivered in favour of Intratrek.

ZPC is challenging the ruling at the Supreme Court but this week Chivayo dispatched construction workers on the site in a refreshing development especially against the background of the current power challenges facing the country.

Intratrek prayed for an order of specific performance arguing that the State power utility had frustrated the contract after causing Chivayo’s arrest on trumped up criminal charges.

ZPC denied causing the arrest of Chivayo, Justice Chitapi said records of allegations in the criminal case showed ZPC’s managing director was the complainant and as such, “an appeal court by an imagination cannot find otherwise”

The legal battle has been going on for a prolonged period headlined by twist and turns.

Chivayo, who visited the Gwanda site this week, told online publication ZimLive that he was moving ahead to implement the project in four phases of 25 megawatts each.

“The power to be generated is not for use by Intratrek or ZPC alone, but for the whole nation,” he said.

“The judgement of the High Court allowed execution pending appeal. Importantly, the judge said the parties must not merry-dance in boardrooms and courtrooms but must go and successfully implement the project for the benefit of Zimbabwe. That’s what Intratrek is doing.” Zim Morning Post

Source: Nehanda Radio

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