The fallout between ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira and businessman Agrippa Masiyakurima — popularly known as Bopela, continues to get worse as Masiyakurima accused the Minister of demanding 40 percent of his company when he was moved to the Ministry of Information Communication Technology. Bopela claims that, in exchange, Supa offered to facilitate Telecel contracts for the company, as the government was in the process of taking over Telecel. He also accused Mandiwanzira of trying to force him to enter into a contract with his brother.
Responding to a $300 000 defamation law suit filed by the minister, Bopela claims:
Plaintiff (Mandiwanzira) coerced me into partnering with his brother, Richard Mandiwanzira, for the construction of an access road for NetOne base station Troutbeck Nyanga. I quoted $170 000 and plaintiff did it for a much higher price using another company.
….Plaintiff (Mandiwanzira) approached defendant soon after his appointment as minister of ICT proposing to take a 40% stake in the defendant’s company Bopela Group for free on condition that he would facilitate lots of contracts from Telecel, since he was in the process of taking over Telecel with the support of First Lady Grace Mugabe
Mandiwanzira is suing Masikurama alleging that he wrote a Facebook post saying Mandiwanzira “sold his wife to another man for the love of money.”