Reward Kangai faces 20 counts
12 January 2018
FORMER NetOne Chief Executive Officer Reward Kangai yesterday appeared in court charged with 20 counts of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer and one count of concealing from a principal a personal interest in a transaction.
Kangai was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa who granted him US$800 bail and the matter was remanded to January 31.
He was advised to surrender his passport and report once every Friday at Borrowdale Police station.
Circumstances are that sometime in October 2014, Kangai unlawfully and corruptly sanctioned payments of rentals in advance for four Base Stations landlords without the approval from the Board of Directors of Netone Cellular Pvt Ltd.
It was reported that Netone Cellular Pvt Ltd has no provisions for advance rental payments and the lease agreement entered into between Netone and Base Stations Landlords has no provisions for such.
It is further alleged that Kangai approved a US$80 000 loan to Bopela Group Pvt Ltd without the approval of the board.
The State further alleges that Kangai picked seven companies without going to tender and this prejudiced Netone Cellular Pvt Ltd.
It is also alleged that Kangai abused authority by giving directions to his subordinates on the acquisition of base station sites.
The procedure requires three survey reports be made before selection of suitable sites.
Kangai reportedly handpicked eight sites for establishments of base stations sites which belonged to his close associates.
It is alleged that construction on these sites commenced when there were no site survey reports and they were later done in retrospect in a bid to cover up.
It is further alleged that Kangai also ordered the installation of a base station at a property which belongs to one Joyce Kangai who is his aunt without disclosing to the board of directors his interest and personal relationship.