The state this morning failed to prosecute former NetOne managing director Reward Kangai in a case where he faces several counts of criminal abuse, deferring the matter to a further date in March 2018.
By the time of court sitting, State had failed to produce witnesses prompting the magistrate to further defer the case. Kangai who is on bail appeared before Ms Rumbidzai Mugwagwa and was represented by his lawyer Mr Nyasha Musekiwa.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
The state requests to postpone the case to March 23 as we are waiting for two State witnesses,” said MS Mugwagwa.
Also accused for concealing personal interests in a transaction from his principal, Kangai was last month granted $800 bail by a Harare magistrate. The State failed to produce two witnesses resulting in it requesting to postpone the case.
Kangai allegedly showed favour to Bopela Family Trust by sanctioning the advance rental payment of $10 500, which covered a period of 21 months. Richwood Sports Club was paid $33 000, which covered a period of five years, while Avondale Christian Church was paid $27 000, which covered three years.
Kangai is being accused of allegedly flouting tender procedures and prejudicing the State-owned telecommunications giant of over $17, 5 million. Last month, the court heard that between 2009 and December 2015, Kangai handpicked and procured service providers for NetOne without following due tender procedure as outlined in the Procurement Act.
It is alleged that house No. 514 Chipembere Road, Windsor Park in Ruwa, Harare was paid $5 400. The court heard that NetOne has no provision for advance rental payments and the lease agreements entered between the company and base station landlords have no provision for such.
It is alleged that Kangai’s conduct was prejudicial to NetOne and other landlords whose rentals were not paid. Kangai also allegedly approved a loan of $80 000 to Bopela Group (Pvt) Ltd without approval of the board.
It is alleged that the loan approval was outside NetOne’s mandate. The company lost $155 900 as a result.
Kangai recently took a swipe at Mnadiwanzira for double dipping and being the devil’s advocate in his (Kangai’s) misfortunes.