2018 presidential candidate Elton Mangoma was arrested on Monday and later put under police detention by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) over criminal abuse of office charges.
The charges stem from his tenure as Zimbabwe’s Energy Minister back in 2011. According to Mangoma’s Warned and Cautioned statement, he is being accused of avoiding going to tender with intent to award a South Korean company rights to a government project on 24 October 2011. Part of the statement reads:
It is being alleged that I as former Minister of Energy and Power development, in the exercise of my duties as a public officer, connived with Joshua Chifamba to unlawfully and intentionally do that which was contrary to or inconsistent with my duties as a public officer by approving a business plan on the proposed switchgear technology transfer agreement between Techpro Company of South Korea and ZESA Enterprises a subsidiary of ZESA holdings without going through the tender procedures for the purpose of avoiding competitive bidding process thereby showing favour to Techpro Company of South Korea.
Mangoma was set to spend Monday night in police cells. His lawyer Tonderayi Bhatarasa confirmed the development in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com.