Charles Kuwaza was the chairman of the State Procurement Board (SPB) and former deputy board chairman of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. He died on 18 April 2017.

Charles Kuwaza
Charles Kuwaza
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Born Charles Tawonerera Kuwaza
Nationality Zimbabwe
Occupation
  • Chairman of State Procurement Board.
Employer Government of Zimbabwe

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Educational Background

He attended Bernard Mizeki College for his secondary and high school where he is said to have attained a distinction in A level mathematics.[1]

Career

He started off as the permanent secretary for Finance and Economic Development as well as the Ministry of Defence between 1994 and 2000. The following year he was appointed the chairman of the State Procure Board where he has been chairman ever since. He also served as the deputy chairman of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Board. In 2010 he was appointed chairman of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority but turned down the appointment arguing that he could not sit on two boards as stipulated by law.[1]

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Contempt Allegations

Kuwaza was summoned to appear before parliament to respond to allegations of graft under his watch. He was charged with contempt of parliament after he failed to answer several questions that he was asked by members of the house.[2] Kuwaza was said to have exhibited stubbornness throughout the hearing when he failed to respond to lawful questions thrown at him as prescribed under the Schedule to the Privileges, Immunities and Powers of Parliament Act.[2] Charles was expected to answer questions relating to the tendering system which had been used in various projects in the electricity sector under ZESA Holdings. The Parliamentary Portfolio on Mines and Energy chaired by Lovemore Matuke wrote to the Clerk of Parliament stating their intention to charge Kuwaza.[3] Although Kuwaza could be fined by parliament, he cannot be sent to jail by parliament as the new constitution had trimmed the powers of parliament.

Bad Blood With Gideon Gono

It was reported that Kuwaza and Gideon Gono did not see eye to eye at one point. The rift between the two is said to have started when Kuwaza was deputising Gono at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.[4] Gono was alleged to have led to the arrest of Kuwaza by accusing him of having engaged in corrupt activities at the State Procurement Board.

Controversy

Allowance Scandal

Charles was embroiled in an allowance scandal in which it was alleged that he took home about US147 000 for house repairs alone in a single year.[5] His total benefits were estimated to have been around US 210 00 excluding salary.

Tax Evasion

There were also rumours to the effect that Kuwaza had some problems with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority after he was alleged to have evaded taxation. This was part of a crackdown by ZIMRA following revelations that several top company executives were awarding themselves untaxed allowances.[5] ZIMRA went on to write to the State Procurement Board notifying them that they were required to pay US 790 000 on behalf of its chairman.[3]

ZIMRA Board Debacle

Kuwaza was accused of having influenced for finance minister Tendai Biti into amending the law which would then allow Kuwaza to sit on more than two state boards including the ZIMRA board.[6] Charles Kuwaza nonetheless refuted the allegations pointing out that his appointments were above board as they were made directly from the president's office.

Death

Kuwaza died on 18 April 2017 of a suspected suicide. It was alleged he jumped from the 9th floor of Club Chambers building in Harare.[7]

Trivia

Charles Kuwaza was a prominent chess player and not only represented Zimbabwe internationally and he also won several awards.[1]






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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tender Board highly skilled yet highly unable to perform, The Sunday Mail, Published: April 27, 2014, Retrieved: July 30, 2015,
  2. 2.0 2.1 SPB boss faces contempt of parly, ZBC, Published: July 13, 2015, Retrieved: July 30, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lloyd Gumbo Kuwaza faces contempt of parly, The Herald, Published: July 21, 2015, Retrieved: July 30, 2015 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "herald" defined multiple times with different content
  4. Geoffrey Nyarota Kuwaza skirted the issues raised, The Royal Dimensions, Published: November 24, 2010, Retrieved: July 30, 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tender Boss, Kuwaza In Allowance Scandal, Zimbabwe 24/7 News, Published: No date given, Retrieved: July 30, 2015
  6. Paidamoyo Muzulu I did not influence Biti to amend law –– Kuwaza, The Independent, Published: December 23, 2010, Retrieved: July 30, 2015
  7. Margaret Matibiri BREAKING NEWS: Kuwaza jumps to his death, The Herald, Published:18 April 2017, Retrieved: 18 April 2017