Reprieve for Mandiwanzira…as High Court grants him stay of proceedings

The former Information and Communication Technology minister, Supa Mandiwanzira successfully applied for the stay of all proceedings in his Magistrate court matter before a High Court Judge.

Justice Esther Muremba granted Mandiwanzira’s application for stay of proceedings.

Mandiwanzira through his lawyers Advocates Thembinkosi Magwaliba and Brian Hungwe instructed by Selby Hwacha had made the application pending the determination by the High Court for the review of his dismissed application for discharge.

Mandiwanzira is currently out on $2 000 bail coupled with stringent conditions.

He allegedly engaged the services of a South African company called Megawatt Private Limited at NetOne without going to tender. Megawatt was hired to review prices charged by a Chinese firm, Huawei Technologies, for the supply of network expansion and modernization equipment to NetOne.

 Of the fees charged, Megawatt successfully negotiated for a reduction of $30 million.

After the negotiations, Mandiwanzira instructed then NetOne chief executive officer Reward Kangai and some board members to pay Megawatt $4 million. According to the State papers, $1 million was for consultancy while $3 million was termed “success fee”.

 However, NetOne declined to pay Megawatt arguing that tender procedures had not been followed.

NetOne argued that legally, it had no valid contract with Megawatt.

Mandiwanzira is also being accused of irregularly appointing his personal assistant to be a board member for NetOne.