A Harare man has been jailed for two years for attempting to defraud Chitungwiza Municipality of US$119 000 in a tender scam.

Darlington Chirara was initially jailed for 36 months when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Nyasha Vhitorini who set aside 12 months of the jail term for five years on condition of good behaviour.

Paul Enest Mzenge Zhou, who was jointly charged with Chirara, was acquitted of the offence.

Sometime in May 2011, Chitungwiza Municipality flighted a tender in the local newspaper for procurement of a jet machine (high velocity cleaning machine) and submissions of bids were done on May 31 of the same year.

The tender was then awarded to Scotia Steel Company for the supply of the jet machine valued at US$119 113,50.

On 25 August 2011, Chitungwiza Municipality made an application for electronic funds transfer in the sum of US$59 560 to be transferred from Metropolitan Bank account number 0807001809416 into Scotia Steel’s Stanbic bank account number 0222077012401.

The electronic transfer was not successful as Chitungwiza Municipality’s account had insufficient funds.

Chirara, who owned Upset Investments Pvt Ltd, was also awarded a tender to supply a 20-tonne excavator and a three-tonne front end loader by Chitungwiza Municipality.

It was during that period that Chirara learnt of the failed contract between Chitungwiza Municipality and Scotia Steel. On April 23, 2015, Mavhunga and Associates,…

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