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FOR­MER Zim­bab­wean min­is­ter Supa Mandi­wanzira was granted $2 000 bail in the Harare Mag­is­trate’s Court on Wed­nes­day.

He faces two counts of crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice, where he al­legedly hand­picked Megawatt Com­pany to do con­sul­tancy work for sta­te­owned telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions firm NetOne with­out go­ing to ten­der. The State al­leges he has in­ter­ests in the com­pany and that he or­dered NetOne to pay Megawatt $5m for the ser­vice and con­sul­tancy.

In the sec­ond count, he stands ac­cused of ap­point­ing his as­sis­tant, Tawanda Chinem­biri, at direc­tor level, to the Postal and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity of Zim­babwe board.

He has de­nied both charges.

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