Mangoma freed on $1 000 bail

HARARE - Former Energy and Power Development minister Elton Steers Mangoma was yesterday freed on $1 000 bail by a Harare magistrate.

Mangoma is facing criminal abuse of office charges after he allegedly flouted tender procedures during the time he served as a minister in the inclusive government.

Magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe ordered Mangoma, 54, to surrender his passport and to report every Friday to the police, as part of his bail conditions.

Mangoma, who is represented by Beatrice Mtetwa, will be back in court on June 15.

Mtetwa told the court that she was going to make an application challenging the constitutional validity of a profiling form that her client was made to sign after his arrest.

She claimed the profiling form, demanded that her client give details pertaining to his relationship status, full details of his spouse and bank details among other issues.

She said the information that was required violated her client’s privacy, since the information had nothing to do with the alleged offence.

According to court papers, Mangoma’s ministry was responsible for overseeing the operations of Zesa Holdings (Private) Limited and its subsidiaries including the ZETDC (Private) Limited.

The complainant was the State represented by Cledwyn Nyanhete, who is the State Procurement Board (SPB)’s principal officer.

The court heard in August 2012, ZETDC floated a tender for the appointment of a third party pre-paid electricity vendor.

According to State papers, the tender consideration was to close on October 2, 2012.

It is alleged that in September of the same year, before the closure of the tender, Mangoma, who was the then responsible minister, contrary to or inconsistent with his duties as a public officer directed ZETDC accounting officer Julian Masanga Chinembiri to cancel the tender for the procurement of a third party pre-paid electricity vendor.

It is further alleged that instead, Mangoma instructed Chinembiri to handpick OK Zimbabwe (Private) Limited without going to tender.

Towards the end of September 2012, the court heard SPB cancelled the tender, following Mangoma’s directions.

It is alleged pursuant to Mangoma’s directive, OK Zimbabwe was subsequently appointed the third party pre-paid electricity vendor in December 2012.

These issues now form the basis of Mangoma’s criminal charges.

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.

Comments (6)

He is going to join Peter Chikumba and Gumbura in college

Garikayi - 14 May 2015

If he had been Zanu PF nothing of the sort was going to befall Mangoma.

Refereee - 15 May 2015

Justice

Dzvuke Muchaina - 16 May 2015

we have almost all ministries running like kindergartens with their captain ministers like Chombo,Made,Mpofu etc.People among others who have caused the country to be on its deathtrap but nothing happens to them.Now the little Mangoma because he isnt Zanu Pf he is made to carry the burden for all.

carson macate - 16 May 2015

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