Controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo was arrested by members of the security services in the early hours of Sunday. While it is clear that the businessman was apprehended no one seems to be willing to state for the record the identity of the parties which arrested him.
Chivayo is reported to have been picked up around 5 am in a predawn raid by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Serious Fraud Squad although other reports say he was picked up by members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF).
Chivayo’s lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu confirmed that his client had been arrested although he admitted that he was not sure if Wicknell had been picked up by the police or the military. Mpofu was also not sure of the whereabouts of his client or the charges that led to his arrest.
The flamboyant businessman was allegedly arrested over his irregular dealing with the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA). Chivayo was advanced $5 million in controversial circumstances by the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) when his company, Intratek won the tender for the Gwanda Solar Power Project.
Despite receiving the money, no progress has been made on the project resulting in the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) taking over the management of the project. The ZPC has since announced that the project has been contracted to another entity.
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