Zimbabwe’s former telecom minister Supa Mandiwanzira sued for “criminal abuse of office”

Former Zimbabwean Minister of Information and Communication Technology and Cybersecurity, Supa Mandiwanzira, appeared in court on 7 November 2018. Heard on 6 November 2018 by the Investigations Division Police criminals, the politician who was in charge of managing the telecom sector until September 2018, is accused by the Zimbabwean authorities of “criminal misuse of office”.

More clearly, he is criticized for awarding a consulting contract to the Chinese company, Megawatt Company, in violation of the procedures in force. Supa Mandiwanzira is being sued for unilaterally choosing the company to determine whether Huawei had overbilled the NetOne telecom station project it had been awarded in 2012 and valued at $ 248 million. He would have thereafter, prescribed that is paid, 1 million US dollars to Megawatt as consulting fees and 4 million US dollars as expenses for the evaluation.

The police suspect Supa Mandiwanzira of having had interests in Megawatt Company, hence the largesse that has been granted to her. According to Mr. Brian Hungwe, the politician’s lawyer, he challenges the charges and informed the police that  “Megawatt has offered free counseling services to the government. These consultations have helped recover tens of millions of dollars for NetOne. “

Other grievances against the former Minister of Telecoms, the non-compliance appointment of Tawanda Chinembiri, his personal assistant, to the Board of Directors of the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ). This action would have cost POTRAZ $ 35,000 in compensation.

Source: Agence Ecofin