Zanu PF Attonery General vetoes Mangoma bail Order prohibiting him from voting
Harare, – Energy and Power Development Minister Elton Mangoma will not participate in an election to vote for the position of Speaker of Parliament on Tuesday afternoon after the State invoked Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act (CPEA) to suspend his bail order.\r\n
Mangoma had been granted bail by High Court Justice Yunus Omerjee after his lawyers applied for bail.
But State prosecutor Tawanda Zvekare invoked section 121 of the CPEA to suspend the bail order which means that Mangoma will remain incarcerated at Harare Remand Prison until the State files an appeal against his bail order.
Members of Parliament are scheduled to vote for the post of Speaker of Parliament on Tuesday afternoon to fill the post left vacant after the nullification of the former Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo. Moyo will battle it out with ZANU PF’s Simon Khaya-Moyo.
Mangoma was arrested last Friday 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 management system meters and associated equipment.
Prosecutors said Mangoma unlawfully instructed ZESA Holdings board chairman Dr Noah Madziva, former ZESA Holdings chief executive officer 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’s arrest is the second one this month after he was arrested by the police on 10 March 2011 and charged with criminal abuse of duty as a public officer and contravening the state procurement act.