Reward Kangai, the former chief executive officer of state-owned mobile network operator NetOne, has accused ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira of protecting his friends at NetOne while at the same time dragging Lazarus Muchenje’s name in the mud. Muchenje was recently suspended as the CEO of NetOne after he sued Mandiwanzira and the Office of the President and Cabinet for interfering in the running of Netone. State media has now alleged that Muchenje is facing fraud charges in South Africa and the DRC. However, Kangai who has previously accused Mandiwanzira of corruption, alleges that this is a hatchet job being done on behalf of Mandiwanzira. Commenting on the Article, Kangai said,
Another clear indication of the hand of Supa in the raging NetOne crisis for more than 3 years. Sibusisiwe Ndhlovu was found unfit to hold public office through an RBZ sanctioned forensic audit but that didn’t deter Supa engaging her as CFO.
By his own admission, Supa indicated that he wasn’t concerned by people’s past performance, so why now, the big deal about Lazarus Muchenje’s past? Mutandiro, fired from PTC for incompetence but Supa later appointed him at NetOne.
If the past is relevant, then Lazarus Muchenje was right in firing Sibusisiwe Ndhlovu and Brian Mutandiro. In January 2016, I had issued a negative probation assessment report on Sibusisiwe Ndhlovu and was threatened with dismissal by Supa & the Board.
Ultimately, the position of CEO of a State Enterprise, requires integrity. It brings to question how the ICT ministry employed somebody without carrying background checks with past employers. Has the hallmarks of mudslinging by Supa Mandiwanzira.
It is most unfortunate that State media is used by Ministers to fight their personal agenda. This NetOne crisis is all about corruption by Supa Mandiwanzira and State media has been abused to aid and abet it. Hope that @edmnangagwa will act.