Elton Mangoma Arrested For 2011 Corruption Charges
The Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission has arrested opposition politician Elton Mangoma on charges of criminal abuse of office when he was still the Minister of Energy in 2011.
Mangoma is being accused of avoiding going to tender when he awarded a South Korean company rights to a government project on 24 October 2011.
“It is being alleged that I as former Minister of Energy and Power development, in the exercise of my duties as a public officer, connived with Joshua Chifamba to unlawfully and intentionally do that which was contrary to or inconsistent with my duties as a public officer by approving a business plan on the proposed switchgear technology transfer agreement between Techpro Company of South Korea and ZESA Enterprises a subsidiary of ZESA holdings without going through the tender procedures for the purpose of avoiding competitive bidding process thereby showing favour to Techpro Company of South Korea,” reads the warned and cautioned statement.
His lawyer Tonderayi Bhatarasa confirmed the arrest of the former MDC strong man.
“I can confirm that Elton Mangoma has been arrested. He was arrested mid-morning today (Monday). In fact what happened is that they asked him to present himself to their offices which he did.
“We went there, talked to them and after some time, they decided that they were going to lay charges on him. So, he is currently in custody at Malbereign police station…we hope to go to court tomorrow,” said Bhatarasa.
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