Mangoma's Trial Resumes

The trial, which commenced on Monday was on Tuesday postponed to Wednesday after prison officials failed to bring 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 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.
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.
Mangoma was arrested last Friday 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.