Huawei Due Back in Zimbabwe Court Over Contract Allegations
Published on: 8th Mar 2014
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
A corruption lawsuit involving the award of a USD200 million contract to Huawei by Zimbabwe's NetOne is due to resume on the 19th March.
The case has been dismissed earlier this year, but an appeal against that decision sees the case resume later this month.
The cases dates back to a contract that was awarded to Huawei in 2012 for network upgrades by the state-owned NetOne, apparently without a public tender.
There have been claims that the tender was massively overpriced for what is being delivered, and the lack of an open tender raised concerns of bribery.
The State Procurement Board (SPB) was also said to have raised concerns about the way the tender for 2,000 base stations was handled, although it later approved the deal.
The lawsuit was filed by the South African-based Zimbabwean businessman Tafadzwa Muguti who wanted to be able to bid for the installation part of the contract.
The case was dismissed earlier this year when Muguti failed to attend a court hearing, but he says he wasn't told that the hearing was taking place, and was given time to appeal.
The court has now accepted that appeal, and the case resumes on the 19th March.