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Kangai intensifies war with former employer, released on bail

12/01/2018 00:00:00
by Court Reporter

Former NetOne CEO Reward Kangai who recently torched a storm accusing Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) of hiding corruption charges against the ICT Minister, Supa Mandiwanzira was Thursday released on $800 bail.

Kangai was picked up on Wednesday by ZACC officers over criminal abuse of office charges.

When he appeared in court he insisted that his former employer concealed relevant documents which could have been helpful in his case.

“The accused was arrested by ZACC to which he gave them all the detailed information regards the matter.

“NetOne has, however, concealed all the relevant documents from the investigation officer. ZACC was obliged to follow up and investigate but none of that transpired,” said the lawyer Nyasha Munetsi while challenging the lawfulness of his client’s arrest.

Through his lawyer Kangai accused ZACC of shoddy job and unlawfully picking him after they failed to investigate and follow up on his allegations.

Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa is expected to deliver the ruling on the application on next remand.

Kangai will be back in court on January 31 and was ordered to surrender his passport and not to interfere with witnesses as part of his bail conditions.

He was also ordered to report once a week at a police station.

According to court papers, Kangai is facing 21 counts of criminal abuse of office after he allegedly awarded tenders for base stations to a company called Bopela.

According to court papers, sometime in 2014, Kangai corruptly sanctioned payment of rentals in advance to four landlords who are alleged to be his relatives without authorization and approval of the board.

He allegedly showed favour to Bopela family and paid them $10 500 in advance covering a period of 21 months.

The state alleges that he also paid $33 000 to Richwood Sports Club covering a period of five years and $27 000 to Avondale Christian Church covering a period of three months.

Kangai also allegedly approved a loan of $80 000 to Bopela Group Pvt Ltd without approval of board.

Other seven companies also benefited after he handpicked them on various projects.

Linda Gadzikwa prosecuted.


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