“The trial is on Monday. It is a completely new trial altogether,” Chris Mutangadura, Chief Law Officer in the Attorney General’s office told RadioVop on Friday.
Mangoma was last month acquitted of violating the country’s tender procedures after he allegedly ordered the country’s oil company,Noczim, to source diesel supplies from a little known South African company without going to tender.
The State alleges he 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-T deputy treasurer general has twice been arrested and remanded in custody for the two offences.
His lawyer Selby Hwacha said Friday he was confident Mangoma will again be acquitted for the new charges.
“He is not guilty and am confident a ‘not guilty verdict’ would be pronounced at the end of the trial,” he said.
The MDC-T has described the prosecution of its senior official as pure harassment bordering on a systematic crackdown on party loyalists by Zanu PF aligned officials within the country’s security services.