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Former energy and power development minister Elton Mangoma, along with two ZESA Holdings officials; CEO Joshua Chifamba and managing director of ZESA Enterprises Tererai Mutasa, are facing charges of criminal abuse of office.

The trio were arrested on Monday by the country’s anti-corruption unit, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and have been released on $1,000 bail each, reports the Independent Online.

Their case was postponed to 29 January 2019.

Mangoma, Chifamba and Mutasa are accused of awarding a switchgear contract to a South Korean company in October 2011 without going to tender. As a result, the state contends that the power utility was prejudiced of $850,000.

Irregular tender processing

It is reported that the State alleged that then, Mangoma plotted with Chifamba to “unlawfully and intentionally do that which was contrary to or inconsistent with his duties as a public officer by approving a business plan on the proposed switch gear 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”.

As part of their bail conditions, the three have been ordered to surrender their passports, report once a week to a police and to continue to reside at their given addresses until the matter is finalised.