Agriculture Minister, Dr Joseph Made. A CHINESE telecommunications company, ZTE Corporation, has been awarded a US$100 million contract to supply mechanisation and irrigation equipment without going to tender, the Financial Gazette can reveal. The development has courted the ire of several potential bidders and is likely to anger a restive population whose government had pledged to clampdown on corruption and take the country out of its current economic quagmire. Documents seen by this newspaper show that the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development headed by Joseph Made, appointed ZTE Corporation, which is at the centre of at least two controversial deals with the country’s power utility, to supply equipment worth US$82,442 million, provide services for…