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Hon. Mangoma in jail again
Movement for Democratic Change
March 26, 2011

MDC Deputy Treasurer-General and Energy and Power Development Minister, Hon. Elton Mangoma was on Friday remanded in custody after he was indicted for trial on yet another forged charge of abusing a public office. The false allegations against Hon. Mangoma are that last year, he abused public office by irregularly awarding a multi-million- dollar tender to purchase electricity meters by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), a subsidiary of Zesa.

He appeared at the Harare Magistrates' Courts and was remanded in custody after the State indicted him to 18 July at the High Court for trial at the High Court. Hon. Mangoma is on bail on another charge after his arrest early this month on false allegations of corruptly sealing a fuel deal with a South African company without going to tender.

He was released by the High Court on US$5 000 bail.

Granting Hon. Mangoma bail last week, Justice Samuel Kudya said the State's case was weak. The judge added the State had scant facts opposing Hon. Mangoma's bail. He said said the actions of Hon. Mangoma in assisting in the procurement of fuel were a response to a national crisis and the people of Zimbabwe were looking up to him as Energy Minister to solve the crisis. "The State's case will be an uphill battle to convince the court. The case against the applicant cannot be said to be strong," said Justice Kudya.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, MDC Secretary-General Hon. Tendai Biti said the MDC was shocked by the swiftness by the police and State in arresting Hon. Mangoma and indicting and remanding him in custody.

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