Drama continues to unfold at NetOne

By Staff reporter | 10 Jul 2020 at 17:51hrs
Drama continues to unfold at NetOne Cellular after board member and FMC CEO Ranga Mavhunga was last week arrested and released on $10 000 bail for perjury or lying under oath.

The alleged lie was made when Mavhunga and acting chairperson Susan Mutangadura, a legal practitioner, filed opposing affidavits in a case in which chief executive Lazarus Muchenje, wanted his suspension nullified because the resolution to suspend him was not unanimous since Dr Douglas Mamvura, a bona fide director was not involved in such a decision.

Muchenje was suspended in February this year and is facing an array of allegations.

In May this year, Muchenje was arrested alongside other executives and board member Paradzai Chakona on various allegations.

Muchenje allegedly ignored advice from engineers before entering into an interconnect gateway server deal with a foreign company, Bankai.

Chakona allegedly represented NetOne as the lessor and Muchenje as the lessee and the two agreed to a $1 000 monthly rent for the house, when rentals are alleged to have ranged between US$2 500 to US$3 500 a month.

This allegedly prejudiced NetOne.

Coincidentally, their arrests came when the police had obtained warrants of search and seizure in view of investigating potential abuse of office by Mavhunga and Mutangadura.

Police also wanted to prefer perjury charges against the two. Netone filed an interdict, which was granted by the High Court on June 2.


After his suspension, Muchenje lodged an application with the High Court challenging the legality of the board meeting that resolved to suspend him.

He cited Mutangadura, Winston Makamure, Chakona and Douglas Mamvura as respondents.

On May 6, 2020, Mutangadura lodged a notice of opposition through an opposing affidavit.

In her opposing affidavit, she allegedly lied that Dr Mamvura was not a board member and that she had not been notified of the appointment, when in actual fact she had been notified about the appointment through a letter dated February 12 2020 by former head of finance operations and acting company secretary Tinashe Severa. The letter was copied to all board members.

Mavhunga then lodged an opposing affidavit supporting Mutangadura.

Mutangadura has not handed herself to police, according to police sources.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Nyathi declined to comment saying the matter was now before the courts.



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