Disgraced ‘businessman’ and close ‘friend’ of president Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace Mugabe Wicknell Chivayo has denied widespread reports that he is a spy sent to gather information on president Robert Mugabe and his family.
Chivayo, who returned to Harare last week after a long absence, said in a statement the charges were the work of his enemies, whom he could not identify but who he accused of holding ‘regular meetings’ to bring him down.
“This war suprisingly doesn’t seem to be ending or getting any better. I’m getting sick and tired of talking about the same thing over and over again. Now they’ve shifted their focus fabricating non-existent stories about my partners. Some online publications have gone DESPERATE and gone on to call me a spy or terrorist. Nonsense. My reputation is unassailable and it speaks for itself,” Chivayo said.
The media has been awash with stories, originally published by the Mail and Guardian, that Chivayo is linked to a fugitive Zambian drug dealer.
The convicted fraudster has apparently turned to religion after Zanu PF evidently abandoned him amid stormy investigations into alleged fraudulent award and payment for energy contracts.
Energy minister Samuel Undenge revealed Monday that a probe was underway to establish how Intratrek Zimbabwe, of which Chivayo is managing director received an advance payment of $4.8 million for the 100 megawatt Gwanda solar power installation.
Chivayo however said he was unfazed by the allegations, stating that God was on his side in the dispute.
Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority chief executive Joshua Chifamba told state media that the down payment to Chivayo by Zimbabwe Power Company which administers the tender was irregular as there were no guarantees to ensure the work was done after the release of the funds.
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