CAPS United Boss Trial Kicks Off As He Maintains He Supplied Smart Meters According To The Agreed Requirements
The trial of CAPS United boss Farai Jere, his company, Helcraw Enterprises, and two Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) senior managers, Leonard Chisina and Freeman Chikonzo kicked off yesterday at the Harare magistrates’ Court.
The quarter is accused of defrauding the power utility company of more than US$3.5 million in a smart meter supply deal.
They all pleaded not guilty when they appeared before Harare magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa who remanded the matter to today for trial continuation.
In their defense, the quartet said it is reiterated that the contract was awarded on the basis of the adjudication process central to which were the samples provided. It is this contingent upon which payment was dependent. The complainant (ZETDC) retained the right to refuse delivery of goods that did not match the sample subject to any agreed alterations.
They also said no complaints were raised upon delivery and within the defects notification period.
They maintained that they did everything that was required and their arrest could have been affected by internal affairs at the utility company.
Prosecutors allege that in 2016, Jere won a tender to supply ZETDC with 1 151 smart meters and a head-end system at a cost of US$3,566, 878.
However, Jere is alleged to have produced a fake factory acceptance test visit report to the effect that the smart meters and head-end system met ZETDC’s standards.
Chisina and Chikonzo stand accused of signing the fake report.
However, other ZETDC engineers expressed reservations over the signing of the document as no factory acceptance test had been done leading to investigations and the arrest of the trio.
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