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Zimbabwe Energy Minister Arrested Again

Published on Friday 25th March 2011

Zimbabwe's Energy Minister Elton Mangoma has been arrested for the second time in two weeks on corruption charges. Officials say he was re-arrested on corruption charges in Harare on Friday for his alleged involvement in a deal to buy electrical equipment.  Mangoma's lawyers deny the charge.Mangoma had been free on bail from his previous arrest on March 10 for allegedly abusing his office during a fuel purchase.Mangoma is a member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), a power-sharing partner with President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party in Zimbabwe's unity government.An official of the MDC Party told the Reuters news agency that the latest arrest is part of an harassment campaign by the ZANU-PF party. A spokesman for the MDC Party, Nelson Chamisa, says police arrested Mangoma while on his way to work.   Prime Minister and MDC party leader Morgan Tsvangirai had reacted to Mangoma's first arrest by threatening to pull out of Zimbabwe's two-year-old coalition government.  President Mugabe was forced into a power-sharing government with Mr. Tsvangirai after a disputed presidential election in 2008.  Since then, the longtime rivals have been at odds and the country's political future remains uncertain. Mr. Mugabe has called for elections later this year over the objections of Mr. Tsvangirai, who says Zimbabwe must first ensure that conditions are in place for a free and fair election.President Mugabe has ruled the former British colony since it became independent in 1980.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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