A top government official landed himself in trouble after he fraudulently recommended that the government award a cloud seeding tender to a company that had two faulty planes.
A senior Civil worker is in trouble for recommending that cloud seeding tender be awarded to a company with faulty planes. He is now arrested appeared in court for his actions of corruption.
Blessed Ishmael Murwira Majiga, a deputy director in the Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Ministry, allegedly oversaw the process to award JR Investment the tender in November last year to supply two aircraft, despite knowing that the planes were grounded, would not be ready in time, did not have the correct equipment, and were not licensed for commercial work.
It is the State’s case that on September 15, 2020, the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry invited tender bidders for two aircraft stationed in Harare and Bulawayo for the purposes of national cloud-seeding.
One of the planes, Baron 58 aircraft registration Z-NXS, was said to be undergoing major maintenance at Taskar Maintenance in Marondera where it was on jacks with its engines opened at the time of inspections.
This aircraft was registered for private use, so legally could not be hired to carry out the cloud-seeding operations.
The firm’s other plane, Baron 58 registration Z-NAB, was not mounted with cloud-seeding doors, had no flare dispenser units, and did not have a two-way communication system.
After JR Investments failed to supply the two aircraft to the ministry eyebrows were raised leading to investigations as to why JR Investments was awarded the tender.
Majiga was then arrested for not following tender specifications and for being inconsistent with his duties as a public officer.
He appeared before Harare regional magistrate Mr Ngoni Nduna who remanded him in custody to today for his bail application.
The State alleges that on September 15 last year, the ministry called for bidders for two aircraft, which were stationed in Harare and Bulawayo, for the national cloud-seeding operations this rainy season.