Top Zim opposition member arrested for flouting tender procedures

2015-05-12 21:42
Zimbabwe’s Energy and Power Development minister Elton Mangoma. (File: AFP)

Zimbabwe’s Energy and Power Development minister Elton Mangoma. (File: AFP)

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Harare - Police in Harare on Tuesday arrested a top opposition figure for allegedly flouting tender procedures two years ago, a party official told News24.

After being told police were looking for him, former energy minister Elton Mangoma handed himself over to detectives on Tuesday morning in the company of his lawyers, Pishai Muchauraya of the Movement for Democratic Change Renewal Team said in a phone interview.

"He went to the police at 09.30. He is being held at Harare central police station," Muchauraya said.

Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) confirmed Mangoma's arrest in a tweet.

Mangoma also served as an economic planning minister in a coalition government that was in power in Zimbabwe between 2009-13. He was then a member of the main opposition MDC.

He left the party with disgruntled former MDC secretary general Tendai Biti last year.

Party officials have told News24 that Mangoma acts as Biti's deputy in the Renewal Team when Biti is away - as he was recently during a stint with a US think-tank.

Mangoma is not new to Zimbabwe's infamously dirty and, at times, lice-riddled police cells. He was arrested in March 2011 on corruption charges that Tsvangirai then said were politically-motivated.

A widely-distributed photo of him being greeted by his elderly mother at the prison gate when he was finally freed in April 2011 touched hearts across Zimbabwe and beyond.

Mangoma was later cleared of all charges.

MDC-Renewal Team official Jacob Mafume said in a post to Facebook on Tuesday that Mangoma's arrest was evidence that "evil people control the reins of justice".

"In the twisted society that is Zimbabwe, the corrupt have found a new arsenal in their bag of tools: criminal abuse of office. They will use this provision until the upright are in prison and the corrupt reign supreme," Mafume said.

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