State Submitted Wrong Evidence In MDC's Minister Trial

Mangoma, who is one of the MDC-T chief negotiators in the shaky government of national unity, is accused of corruptly awarding a little known South African firm, a nearly US$5 million deal to supply the country with fuel allegedly without going to tender.

Mangoma has denied the charges, saying the deal was above board as he wanted to avert a national crisis by assisting in the sourcing of five million litres of fuel last December.

On Tuesday Chris Mutangadura, a law officer in the Attorney General’s Office (AG), sought to substitute Annexure A that was brought as evidence in court during the trial. Mutangadura admitted that Annexure A had been wrongly inserted and sought to have new evidence which lists approved foreign importers of fuel into Zimbabwe.

Before Mutangadura’s admission of using incorrect documents to prosecute Mangoma, High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu had granted the State a chance to re-cross examine the Energy and Power Development Secretary, Justin Mupamhanga after it had made an appeal.

Mutangadura’s appeal was brought about after the State was left limping during the cross examination process, where Mupamhanga absolved Mangoma of any wrong doing.

However, Mutangadura asked the High Court for the deletion of the first list before submitting a new list for cross examination.

The trial continues on Thursday.

Mangoma was arrested early this year and was remanded in custody for two weeks at the Harare Remand Prison before he was granted a US$5 000 bail.