<vote /> Information Communication Technology minister, Supa Mandiwanzira has been accused of meddling in the operations of mobile service provider, NetOne and corruptly handpicking a Chinese firm to investigate Huawei, with the investigating company set to be paid $4 million.
Suspended NetOne chief executive officer Reward Kangai yesterday accused Mandiwanzira before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on ICT, of leading a dirty smear campaign against him, including planting stories in The Herald.
Kangai claimed Mandiwanzira 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.
NetOne acting board chairman Sydney Nyanungo said the parastatal had not contracted Megawatt to investigate the Huawei contract and did not agree that $4 million should be paid to the Chinese company.
Kangai was suspended on allegations of siphoning out $11 million from the parastatal
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