Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance George Guvamatanga is reported to have absolved himself from the Coronavirus tender scam that involves Drax International a United Arab Emirates based company fronted by Zimbabwe’s Delish Nguwaya.
On Thursday we reported that a source in the Ministry told this publication that Guvamatanga was not involved in the matter.
Online publication Zim Morning Post which has been investigating the matter has revealed that the procurement lies within Special Oversight Procurement Committee.
Read an extract from their findings below:
Investigations further established that there was interference by Health minister Obadiah Moyo who went on to award the contract without security clearance , Nguwaya failed to coerce the DG on two occasions.
— Elias Mambo/Zim Morning Post ???? (@elias_mambo) June 12, 2020
Guvamatanga made it clear that he was a mere civil servant with a limited mandate especially with matters within the jurisdiction of the Special Oversight Procurement Committee (SPOC) which deals which such purchases.
He said he conducted due diligence and sent several correspondences to CIO and copied the line minister Obadiah Moyo.
In his due diligence report, Guvamatanga raised concerns on the pricing and whether the payment added value to the country and also raised a stink on the capacity and track record of Drax since it was an international company with a sole local proxy in the person of Delish Nguwaya.
Source – Byo24News/Zim mormning post