Former ICT Minister and the current Member of Parliament for Nyanga South Constituency Hon Supa Mandiwanzira who was arrested earlier today by the Zimbabwe Republic Police and held for questioning at Morris Depot by the CID Serious Fraud Section has since been released.
The charges leveled against him are not yet clear as the ZRP Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi could only confirm the development, but says that Mr Mandiwanzira has only been called in for questioning.
Latest developments in light of Supa Mandiwanzira’s arrest are that Advocates Thembinkosi Magwaliba and Brian Hungwe on the instructions of Mr Mandiwanzira’s attorney Selby Hwacha of Dube Manikai & Hwacha have issued the following statement: –
Hon. Supa Collins Mandiwanzira, immediately on his return from an overseas business trip, presented himself to the police at their request this morning. The police interviewed him in connection with allegations of abuse of office on two issues:” –
That he allegedly engaged Megawatt company to do consultancy work for NetOne without going to tender.
That he allegedly appointed his Personal Assistant, a government employee at deputy director level, to the Potraz Board in violation of corporate governance principles and a Cabinet circular.
Hon. Mandiwanzira denied the allegations and advised the police that Megawatt offered consultancy services at no cost to the government. That consultancy led to the recovery of tens of million dollars for NetOne. He explained that no corporate governance principles or any circular, were violated in the appointment of the PA as a Potraz board member.
He however could not avail more information and promised to come back to us with finer details.
Responding to questions from TechnoMag, his lawyer Mr Selby Hwacha confirmed that Supa Mandiwanzira is being questioned by the police, adding that he is currently speaking to the police officers at CID Serious Fraud Section, to ascertain the actual charges being levelled against his client.
More details will follow.