Information Communication and Technology minister Supa Mandiwanzira is set to stand trial on December 10 and 11.
He is accused of criminal abuse of office after he allegedly engaged South African firm Megawatt Company to provide services to NetOne without going to tender. Mandiwanzira, who is represented by Brian Hungwe, appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa yesterday. Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) board chair Ozias Bvute, ICT ministry secretary Sam Kundishona, NetOne former chief executive officer Reward Kangai, current NetOne CEO Brian Mutandiro and former NetOne board chair Alex Marufu are set to appear as witnesses.
The Nyanga South legislator is facing two counts of criminal abuse of office where he allegedly awarded a contract to Megawatt Company without going to tender and directed NetOne to pay US$4 million for the service and US$1 million for consultancy.. Mandiwanzira is also alleged to have seconded Tawanda Chinembiri to the POTRAZ board without following due process which prejudiced the telecommunications regulator of US$35 000 through allowances drawn by Chinembiri..