Mangoma To Remain In Prison And To Face Trial

Harare, – Magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini on Friday indicted Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma for trial at the High Court and committed him to prison.\r\n

Mangoma was arrested on Friday morning and charged with criminal abuse of duty as a public officer as defined in Section 174 (1) (a) as read
with Section 174 (2) of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.

The State alleges that Mangoma unlawfully and intentionally abused his public office for the purpose of showing disfavor to some local and
South African companies, which had participated in a tender for the supply and delivery of prepayment revenue managements system meters
and associated equipment.

Prosecutors said Mangoma unlawfully instructed ZESA Holdings board chairman Dr Noah Madziva, Benjamin Rafemoyo and the State Procurement
Board to stop processing the tender for the supply of prepaid electricity meters after adjudication thereby effectively cancelling a
tender awaiting announcement of the winner.

Mangoma was whisked by prison guards to Harare Remand Prison. Mangoma’s arrest is the second this month after he was arrested by the
police on 10 March and charged with criminal abuse of duty as a public officer and  contravening the state procurement act.