Zimbabwe’s Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira
Reward Kangai, the suspended CEO of local State-owned mobile network operator NetOne, has accused Zimbabwe’s Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira, of corrupt involvement in the operations of the mobile network.
The allegations were levelled against Mandawanzira in Kangai’s address to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee of ICT.
According to Newsday, Kangai claimed that Mandiwanzira had been dealing with Li Siao Dong, a Chinese businessman and owner of MegaWatt Energy.
This is the company that Mandiwanzira identified in his own testimony to parliament as the firm hired by the Ministry of ICT to investigate allegations that the government had been prejudiced of at least $78 million by Huawei in NetOne’s network expansion project.
Kangai also alleged that Mandiwanzira is building a structure in South Africa with Li Siao Dong in a joint venture between Mandiwanzira’s company Blue Nightingale Trading and three companies, Eliz, Ceseec and Megawatt, owned by Li Siao Dong.
Kangai says that he was suspended for refusing to pay Megawatt the $4 million and that the company’s investigation did not bring any value to NetOne. He also made allegations that he was also being persecuted
In addition to these allegations of operational impropriety, Kangai also claimed that he was also being persecuted for refusing to give a local financial institution MetBank time to pay off a $700 000 debt they had with NetOne and that Mandiwanzira had been leading smear campaign in the media by planting stories in the State’s newspaper, The Herald.