court.jpgEnergy and Power Development Minister, Mr Elton Mangoma who was arrested for abuse of office has been granted US$5 000 bail by the High Court, an issue which legal experts say flies on the face of Prime Minister Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai who was recently quoted undermining the judiciary as he claimed that the bench was biased. 

 

From designer suites to prison khaki garb, Mr.  Mangoma appeared before Harare judge, Justice Samuel Kudya who said the defendant is not a flight risk as Minister Mangoma was a family man and cabinet minister who will not abscond the court.

 

Granting the bail, Justice Kudya ordered Mr. Mangoma to surrender his passport, report once a day at  Marlborough Police station and stay at his permanent resident  of No. 25 Pendenis, Marlborough in Harare.

 

Mr. Mangoma was represented by Selby Hwacha of Dube, Manikai and Hwacha legal practitioners.

 

The ruling by the High Court left an egg on the face of Mr. Tsvangirai who accused the judiciary as lacking transparency and being Zanu PF political appointees after the arrest of Mr. Mangoma and the loss of the Speaker of Parliament post by Mr. Lovemore Moyo.

 

Analysts say the utterance by MDC-T leader Mr. Tsvangirai, a member of the executive accusing the judiciary of being biased and pro-ZANU PF is tantamount to shooting oneself on the foot and the law should be allowed to take its course to deter like-minded members of the executive. 

 

Mr. Mangoma is expected be back in court for his trial set for the 28th of this month.