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Hon. Mangoma's trial resumes
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)

March 30, 2011

The trial of Energy and Power Development Minister Hon. Elton Mangoma, who is charged with allegedly flouting tender procedures in the procurement of fuel resumed at the High Court on Wednesday 30 March 2011 after prison officials finally brought the MDC deputy treasurer-general to court.

The trial, which commenced on Monday 28 March 2011, was postponed on Tuesday 29 March 2011 after prison officials failed to bring Hon. Mangoma for trial citing fuel shortages to transport him to the High Court from Harare Remand Prison.

During the resumption of the trial on Wednesday 30 March 2011, Hon. Mangoma's lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa cross-examined the State's first witness Justin Mupamhanga, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Power Development, who led evidence on Monday 28 March 2011.

High Court Judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu is presiding over the trial in Court A at the High Court in Harare. Justice Bhunu is being assisted by assessors Grey Chivanda and Mr Mhandu.

Hon. Mangoma was arrested on Friday 25 March 2011 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 represented by Chris Mutangadura, a chief law officer in the Attorney General's Office alleges that Hon. 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 say Hon. 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.

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