The date for the High Court hearing on an application for review of a ruling by a Magistrate’s court dismissing former ICT minister Super Mandiwanzira’s application for exception has been set.
The matter will be heard before a High Court Judge on April 3.
The Nyanga South legislator is challenging Regional Magistrate Elijah Makomo’s ruling that the charges against him a triable hence the matter should be taken to trial to determine his innocence.
Mandiwanzira was directed to file his heads of argument to the High Court.
He stands accused of corruptly engaging Megawatt for consultancy services rendered to NetOne Pvt Ltd.
Mandiwanzira is facing charges of criminal abuse of office.
He is accused of awarding Megawatt Energy, a South African-based company consultancy, work to audit the US$218 954 843.00 deal between NetOne and Huawei Technologies.
In his application for exception to the charges against Mandiwanzira, defence lawyer Advocate Thembinkosi Magwaliba said the former minister acted in public interest and recovered US$30 million that NetOne had lost in the contract for network expansion and modernisation of equipment.
The deal was signed by former NetOne CEO Reward Kangai, who is the State’s star witness. The defence lawyer described allegations against Mandiwanzira as “fatally defective and incurably bad.”
On the potential prejudice of $4 million to NetOne, Magwaliba said Megawatt Energy had offered its services on a pro bono basis as confirmed in the State outline and that the payment would not be made by the government of Zimbabwe or NetOne Cellular for the services