It looks like the fake new train is at full speed again. There were rumors that the former minister of ICT and cyber security Hon Supa Mandiwanzira had been arrested.
Perhaps you have encountered this tweet on your timelines:
Supa Mandiwanzira was arrested when he tried to jump to the border in Zambia, I still drink a Supa Chibuku after that one when the Chap was not appointed in the cabinet.
– William Zambezi (@williamzambezi) September 15, 2018
We contacted Mr Mandiwanzira on this issue and he made it clear that this was not true. "It's not true, Fake news," was the reaction he gave when asked about the incident circulating on social media.
Why would some believe this?
Supa Vs Kangai
Well, Mr. Mandiwanzira has been accused of dark transactions and two former CEOs of NetOne have claimed that the former minister has made the operation of the state network more difficult. Mr. Reward Kangai, who was dismissed in 2017, went a step further and accused Mandiwanzira of creating a cartel at NetOne.
The reasoning behind Kangai's claims was simple. Supa Mandiwanzira hired three senior Metbank officials and gave them positions at NetOne and POTRAZ respectively. Ozias Bvute, the CEO of Metbank, was appointed chairman of POTRAZ at a time when POTRAZ Metbank was owed $ 6.5 million and Reward Kangai argued that there was a clear conflict of interest here. And these kinds of incidents summarize why the public strongly feel that Hon Mandiwanzira is corrupt. This corruption has not been proven in any court, so Supa is a free man until otherwise is the case.
Supa Vs Muchenje
Lazarus Muchenje, who was CEO of NetOne for less than six months, has brought NetOne, a few board members and Supa Mandiwanzira to court. The accusation against Mandiwanzira is that he has interfered with the management of NetOne and because Mandiwanzira is already unpopular, many people rejoice and hope that this can lead to some form of punishment.
Although Mandiwanzira is a polarizing figure, the reports circulating that he has been arrested are incorrect (at the time of writing).
Read also now: Supa is gone Should we expect the suspended CEO of Netone to rebound?