Zim's MDC Energy Minister Mangoma Arrested

Mangoma was picked up at his Chaminuka Building offices.

Nelson Chamisa, the spokesman for the Morgan Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) confirmed the minister’s arrest but said reasons remained unclear.

“He has been arrested as prophesised by the media,” said Chamisa, in reference to media reports last Thursday that Mangoma faced arrest.

In a separate statement the MDC T said: “Honourable E. Mangoma was this morning (Thursday) picked up by three plainclothes police at his Chaminuka Building offices. The reasons for his arrest are not clear.”

There are suspicions in government that Mangoma could have used his clout as the responsible authority to cherry-pick NOOA Petroleum to supply five million litres of fuel in the deal he awarded in January this year without going to tender.

The allegations the MDC -T minister flouted laid-down procedures of the State Procurement Board have seen police launched investigations into the tender, although Mangoma insists that the deal was above board since the country urgently needed fuel supplies.

But sources privy to the saga surrounding the fuel deal, which resulted in acute fuel shortages in January and early February after NOOA failed to deliver on time, said more heads were set to roll.