Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe energy minister arrested

2011-03-10 12:06

Harare - Zimbabwean police on Thursday detained Energy Minister Elton Mangoma for questioning on undisclosed charges, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said.

"I have just been informed the minister of energy has been arrested," Tsvangirai told a meeting of local business leaders.

"I, as prime minister, didn't even know about it."

Police declined to confirm if they had detained Mangoma, who belongs to Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Party spokesperson Nelson Chamisa said Mangoma was picked up at his offices by three detectives from the serious fraud squad.

"We do not know why he has been arrested," Chamisa told AFP.

State newspapers ran a series of articles over the past month accusing Mangoma of meddling in the processing of a tender for the installation of prepaid electricity metres.

A company which lost the bid has filed a lawsuit against the minister.

Read more on:    elton mangoma  |  morgan tsvangarai  |  nelson chamisa  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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