Harare magistrate Francis Mapfumo ordered prosecutor Michael Chakandida to give former Information Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Supa Mandiwanzira documents he demanded this week while saying they were key to preparing for his defence. Mandiwanzira will be back in court on January 21 next year for trial.
Mandiwanzira requested for documents showing whether Tawanda Chinembiri his PA was a government employee when he was appointed a ministry representative on the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) board. The state had only provided confirmation of termination of his contract by the Public Service Commission in September this year.
The state was also ordered to release documents showing correspondence between NetOne and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. The correspondence relates to exchange control approval for the payment to Megawatt Energy (Pvt) Limited. Mandiwanzira will also be given a copy of minutes of meetings held by the ministry in February 2016. Mandiwanzira’s request to be furnished with tender details between NetOne and Huawei and State Procurement Board (SPB) documents authorising the contract was turned down.