State admits to using wrong charges to prosecute Hon. Mangoma

elton_mangomaThe State today admitted to inserting wrong evidence papers in charging the MDC Deputy Treasurer General and Energy and Power Development Minister, Hon Elton Mangoma (Pictured).

Hon. Mangoma is facing trumped up charges of abusing public office as minister when he averted a national crisis by assisting in the sourcing of five million litres of fuel last December.

Chris Mutangadura, a law officer in the Attorney Generals Office (AG) today sought to substitute Annexure A that was brought as evidence in court during todays trial. Mutangadura admitted that Annexure A had been wrongly inserted and sought to have new evidence which lists approved foreign importers of fuel into Zimbabwe.

Before Mutangaduras admission of using incorrect documents to prosecute Hon. Mangoma, High Court Judge, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu had granted the State a chance to re-cross examine the Energy and Power Development Secretary, Justin Mupamhanga after it had made an appeal.

Mutangaduras appeal was brought about after the State was left limping during the cross examination process, where Mupamhanga absolved Hon. Mangoma of any wrong doing. However, Mutangadura asked the High Court for the deletion of the first list before submitting a new list for cross examination.

The trial continues tomorrow.

Hon. Mangoma was arrested early this year and was remanded in custody for two weeks at the Harare Remand Prison before he was granted a US$5 000 bail.

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