Lack of funds stalled Shiri's solar project, says accused

HARARE - A Harare man who is answering to charges of swindling Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri of $50 000 told the court during the ongoing trial that the project was frustrated by lack of funding.

Brian Kambasha is the chief executive officer of Hemmingworth Cartwright (Private) Limited, a registered company in the business of installing solar power plants.

He is also being charged in his personal capacity.

His lawyer Tazorora Musarurwa, said his client failed to finish the project due to lack of funds.

Kambasha said he even visited the Office of the President seeking a loan to complete the project.

“After realising that we were short of funds to complete the project, I talked to Shiri and indicated that I was going to stop but he insisted that I should source for funding,” he said.

“I met with President Robert Mugabe in July and told him about the funding issue. He advised us to apply for a $900 000 loan from CBZ. Dr John Mangudya was then CEO of CBZ and advised us that it would take about two weeks.”

Kambasha said he failed to get the loan from CBZ after Mangudya had left and joined the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

Magistrate Milton Serima remanded the matter to Monday next week after prosecutor George Manokore objected to the production of some documents by Kambasha which show part of the project on Shiri’s farm

Manokore said the documents should have been produced when Shiri was cross examined and said he could not accept the documents because he does not know the farm.

He said he needed time to confirm with Shiri if the farm appearing on Kambasha’s documents is his.

Manokore alleges that sometime in April 2013, Kambasha approached Shiri and indicated to him that he wanted to start a solar power pilot project.

He proposed to install the solar plant at Shiri’s farm in Bindura after indicating that the project had three stages.

Shiri agreed to have the first stage of the project initiated at a total cost of $50 125.

On June 7, the same year Shiri and Kambasha agreed that the plant would be mounted within 12 weeks of payment.

The court heard that accused person received the money in three instalments of $20 000, $30 000 and $125.

However, Kambasha only mounted metal stands for the plant and converted the balance to his own use.

Comments (3)

Shiri is one of the people who were involved in the massacre of people in Matabeleland. We have your name. This amount you are crying for is nothing compared to the lives you destroyed and left families without parents.

dotiyenja - 17 March 2015

looters of our country, shame on you. Selfish people, Fidel castrols, idi aminis of Zimbabwe. Step aside and let the country move forward pliz. Thanks for liberating us from white rule. It's 35 years since our first independence, give your children and grand children a chance ba Mugabe chihuri shiri yegugurahundi

Lafa elihle - 17 March 2015

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