Mangoma indicted for trial, committed to Remand Prison

Harare, – Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe on Friday indicted Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma for trial at the High Court on charges of criminal abuse of office.\r\n

Mangoma will stand trial at the High Court on 28 March. He was taken to Harare Remand Prison on Friday.

Mangoma was arrested on Thursday at his offices and detained initially at Harare Central Police Station and later transferred to Braeside Police Station.
Guvamombe said Mangoma will have to apply for bail at the High Court because he has no jurisdiction to preside over the matter. Chris Mutangadura, the chief law officer in the Attorney General’s Office served the indictment papers in court.

Mangoma is accused of contravening section 174 (1) (a) as read with Section 174 (2) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act
Chapter 9:23 or alternatively contravening Section 30 of the Procurement Act as read with Section 5 (4) (a) (iii) and Section 35 of the Procurement Regulations (statutory instrument 171 of 2002).

The State has lined up six witnesses to testify against the Energy and Power Development Minister during his trial including his permanent secretary Justin Mupamhanga.