“Honourable Elton mangoma was this morning picked up by the police from his house. More details to follow,” read a cell phone text
message sent by the Morgan Tsvangirai led Movement of Democratic Change’s (MDC-T) information department to a Radio VOP reporter.
When Radio VOP called Mangoma’s lawyer Selby Hwacha it had not yet been clear on why the MDC deputy treasurer general had been arrested.
“Call me later. I am actually on my way to the police. I do not know yet why he has been arrested,” said Hwacha.
Mangoma was arrested two weeks ago on alleged violation of tender procedures after he had allegedly ordered the country’s oil company,
Noczim, to source diseal supplies from a little known South African company without going to tender.
He is out on bail and his trial is set to kick off on March 28.
Last week, the state media reported that Mangoma faced fresh charges after he allegedly instructed the cancellation of a tender involving
the purchase and supply of prepayment revenue management system, meters and associated equipment, just as the winner was about to be announced.
The MDC believes that arrest of Mangoma and other MDC MPs is part of a renewed crackdown on Zanu (PF) opponents by President Robert Mugabe’s regime.
The MDC is desperate for numbers in Parliament as the party is seeking to retain the speaker of the house of assembly’s post which was
rendered vacant after a Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago nullifying Lovemore Moyo’s election to the influential post.