Exclusive: Minister Supa Mandiwanzira in US$4m scandal

By Gift Mawire

THE Minister of Information Communication Technologies and Courier Services, Supa Mandiwanzira has been implicated in a US$4 million scandal amid corruption allegations surrounding NetOne and Huawei Technologies for the NetOne project, dubbed the National Mobile Broad-Band (MBB), a project that is funded by China Exim Bank for the expansion of NetOne and bringing high speed broad-band communication, theZimbabwenewslive.com can exclusively reveal.

supa mandiwanzira
Supa Mandiwanzira

According to newly revealed documents in possession obtained by this publication,  Mandiwanzira wanted netone to pay $4m as success fee “in kind” to Megawatt energy for their consultancy  to reduce Huawei prices.

See Documents below:-NMBB-project-page-001 NMBB-project-page-002 (1)

Mandiwanzira and Megawatt Energy share a property in Johannesburg . It is believed that if Netone had paid then he would share the proceeds with Megawatt.He had underhand dealings with a Chinese businessman, Li Siao Dong, who owns Megawatt Energy, which was tasked to investigate whether Huawei had not overcharged on a $248 million base station NetOne project of 2012, and was then supposed to be paid $4 million for the job.

Mandiwanzira, is building a structure in Midrand, South Africa, through his company based in South Africa called Blue Nightingale Trading, jointly with Li Siao Dong’s three companies based in South Africa called Eliz, Ceseec and Megawatt.

 

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 Supended Netone chief Reward Kangai refused to pay that money on the basis that  there was no contract between Netone and  Megawatt Energy and the deal needed Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe approval.
Mandiwanzira singlehandedly  awarded Megawatt Energy a tender to do consultancy without going through the State Procurement Board.
The State Procurement Board is Chaired by Lawyer  Florence Ziumbe, a friend and Mandiwanzira’s business partner.
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Efforts to get a comment from both Mandiwanzira and Megawatt CEO Odong Li were fruitless .