Mandiwanzira files $7 million lawsuit against Kangai

Supa Mandiwanzira, the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and Cyber Security minister has filed a massive $7 million defamation lawsuit against former NetOne chief executive officer Reward Kangai.

Supa Mandiwanzira

Kangai — who was fired in 2016 after an external auditor PriceWaterhouseCoopers completed a board-sanctioned probe into the goings-on at the NetOne mobile phone operator — asked President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a December 28, 2017 letter to urgently hold a commission of inquiry — the country’s most powerful kind of judicial probe — into the minister’s portfolio to unravel what he called the birth and growth of a cartel in the ICT sector in Zimbabwe.

In his damning letter to Mnangagwa, Kangai called for the setting up of a commission of inquiry into the operations of NetOne, covering the re-structuring exercise in which he alleges the minister stuffed the NetOne board and management with his proxies, untested allegations that Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz), NetOne, and Zimpost were coerced into opening accounts with a commercial bank (name withheld) and depositing their cash collections with that bank.

Details refuting the allegations have been published in a Daily News article which you can read by clicking here including:

  • how Kangai interviewed key management for positions within NetOne
  • the clearance of individuals by the CIO before appointment and notification of such by the chief secretary of the cabinet
  • no payments being made to the minister according to the companies concerned

Kangai claimed there was abuse of the USF in loans being advanced to bodies like Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) — the football governing body in Zimbabwe — not intended for the purpose for which USF was established.
The funding to the football body was approved by Mnangagwa himself when he was acting president in January last year, unveiling a $1 million sponsorship package to the senior national football team ahead of their departure for  Cameroon for the Afcon sojourn.

Prosecutor-General Ray Goba. in a letter to Zacc, last week asked for a progress report on the probe against Mandiwanzira.

Mandiwanzira is seeking $7 million in damages from Kangai. The Nyanga South Zanu PF legislator was forced to file the lawsuit to vindicate his reputation after Kangai refused to retract his “vicious lies” about him.

Mandiwanzira’s lawyer advocate Brian Hungwe yesterday told the Daily News allegations raisedagainst the minister were “a subject matter of pending civil litigation, in which my client is seeking delictual remedies for defamation in the High Court.

with information from Daily News Zimbabwe