Harare – Former Information and Communication Technology (ICT) minister, Supa Mandiwanzira has accused the state of using the courts to persecute him for a doing a good on while h he was in government saying the criminal abuse of office charges he was facing were useless.
Mandiwanzira said he was being humiliated by being forced to stand trial for abuse of office for things he did under the guidance of his principals who include, former President Robert Mugabe.
While giving his testimony before regional, magistrate Elijah Makomo, Mandiwanzira lost his temper saying the allegations against him were nonsensical.
“After having the best interests of the people and government and doing what is expected of you in government then letter being dragged in court for doing just that is very nonsensical,” he said.
“When i made the decisions after having consulted with my principals i was applauded and now i may actually be sent to jail for doing the right thing which was expected of me. I am being harassed by being constantly appearing in court when i did not commit any offense and neither are the allegations to the effect that i benefited in my personal capacity,” said Mandiwanzira.
The Nyanga South MP also said he felt that he was being persecuted as he had consulted with his principles the then president and vice presidents before making any major decisions. He also said he had written to cabinet to have minutes of the consultative meetings he had had extracted to show how he had been well advised before making any decisions.
Mandiwanzira who is being represented by Advocates Thembinkosi Magwaliba and Brian Hungwe instructed by Selby Hwacha is facing charges of criminal abuse of office.
He was fac8ing two counts of criminal abuse of office where he allegedly awarded a contract to Megawatt Company without going to tender and directed NetOne to pay US$4 million for the service and US$1 million for consultancy.
Mandiwanzira is also alleged to have seconded Tawanda Chinembiri to the POTRAZ board without following due process which prejudiced the telecommunications regulator of US$35 000 through allowances drawn by Chinembiri.