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Zimbabwean Court Case Against Huawei Dropped

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A court case to hear allegations of corruption in how Huawei won a USD200 million contract from Zimbabwe's state owned NetOne has been dropped.

Tafadzwa Muguti, a Zimbabwean born businessman now based in South Africa said that he had wanted to bid for part of the contract, and alleged that it was awarded to Huawei without the usual checks or a public tender.

The case has been dismissed earlier this year, but an appeal against that decision was due to be held, and now ITWeb Africa reports that the appeal has also been dropped. However, it was not immediately clear why Muguti had withdrawn the court case.

NetOne's expansion project had been put on hold pending the outcome of the legal fight.

NetOne managing director, Reward Kangai, has confirmed the withdrawal of the court case, which he said would permit the final signing of the upgrade contract with Huawei.

The upgrade is being finances by a loan from the Chinese state linked bank, China Exim Bank.

According to our records, the contract was originally awarded in July 2012 and was for 2,000 base stations with LTE upgrade capability.

On the web: ITWeb Africa

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