Mandiwanzira Granted $2000 Bail

Former Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security, Supa Mandiwanzira has been granted $2000 bail and ordered to surrender title deeds amounting to $100 000.

The Minister was also ordered to continue staying at his residential address, to report at twice a day at Borrowdale Police Station and to not interfere with the state’s witnesses who include Sam Kundishora, Reward Kangai, Alex Marufu, Ozias Bvute and Brian Mutindiro. Mandiwanzira’s trial date has been set for 10 December although he has been asked to appear for a routine remand on the 30th of November.

Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe presided over the bail hearing.

Mandiwanzira was arrested yesterday on allegations of Criminal Abuse of Office and spent the night in the cells at Matapi Police Station in Mbare. In a statement issued yesterday, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) said,

The ZRP confirms the arrest of Nyanga South Member of Parliament and former Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security Cde Supa Mandiwanzira in connection with two counts of contravening section 174 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, chapter 9:23 ‘criminal abuse of office’.

This is in connection with an audit contract awarded to Megawatt Company without going to tender, an entity in which Cde Mandiwanzira had interests and subsequent directive by him for NetOne to pay $4 million for the service and $1 million for consultancy,

Cde Mandiwanzira is also accused of unprocedurally seconding Tawanda Chinembiri to the Potraz board without following the required due process.

Some of the charges stem from documents which were shared by former NetOne CEO Reward Kangai. Kangai who has an acrimonious relationship with Mandiwnzira has been campaigning against Mandiwanzira’s alleged corruption for close to three years now.

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