Zim Police Arrest Former Minister

Harare, May 12, 2015 – Zimbabwean police on Tuesday arrested and detained Elton Mangoma, a former Cabinet Minister and MDC Renewal Treasurer-General for allegedly flouting tender procedures during tenure of the shaky coalition government of President Robert Mugabe and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Mangoma, who is represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights board chairperson Beatrice Mtetwa, was arrested on Tuesday after he reported at Harare Central Police Station accompanied by his lawyer. The police had indicated that they were on the hunt for the former Energy and Power Development Minister.

Mtetwa told Radio VOP that Mangoma was charged with criminal abuse of duty as public officer in contravention of Section 174 (1) (1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

Mtetwa said the police alleged that Mangoma ordered the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company to cancel a tender for the sale of pre-paid electricity tokens and awarded it to OK Zimbabwe without going to tender.

This is the third time that the former Makoni North legislator has been arrested and charged with criminal abuse of duty as a public officer.

Mangoma a former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Zimbabwe was first arrested in early March 2011 and charged with criminal abuse of duty as a public officer before he was arrested again at the end of March 2011 over the same charges.

However, the former Energy and Power Development Minister was acquitted in June 2011 with the Attorney-General’s Office later withdrawing charges of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer against him before trial could commence at the High Court.

In 2012, Mangoma was also arrested and charged with insulting and undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe after he addressed a political rally in Mashonaland West province.

In 2014, Mangoma led a revolt against Tsvangirai and formed a new political party, MDC Renewal.