State fails to prosecute Potraz boss

By Staff reporter | 18 Mar 2019 at 18:08hrs
Machengete
Postal and Telecommunications Regulations Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) Director General Gift Machengete's criminal abuse of office trial failed to kick off again.

The trial which was initially supposed to kick off at 9 am failed as the prosecuting team could not make their key witnesses available and was moved to 11.15 am.

When the court session resumed, the state still had not put their house in order. They had no key witnesses and it seemed as if they didn't have incriminating evidence to prosecute.

The matter was then postponed to the 25th of March 2019. The defence team noted how previous postponements had prejudiced the accused who has work commitments some of them outside the country. This postponement comes after the previous trial was moved after the accused made an application stating his unavailability as he was attending the International Telecommunications Union Conference in Victoria Falls.

The Potraz boss is facing criminal abuse of office charges after he allegedly flouted tender procedures by engaging a local company B Smart Solutions to construct 48 Containerised Village Information Centres (CVIC) worth 1 494 104.

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