Revelations that the MDC-TÂ tried some manoeuvres to bribe Zimbabweâ€™s service chiefs to go into early retirement in order to facilitate the partyâ€™s purported ascension to office have been described as attempts to do the impossible.
Harare South House of Assembly Member, Retired Colonel Hubert Nyanhongo said it is sad to note that while there are a lot of projects that need funding to uplift Zimbabwean peopleâ€™s lives, the western funded movement still finds time to prioritise funding such futile ventures.
Another veteran politician, Colonel Tshinga Dube said the act of attempting to bribe service chiefs undermines the office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces as he is the only one with the prerogative to remove any service chief from office.
According to the latest reports from Wikileaks, while he was still Minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Mr Mangoma held a meeting with some US Embassy officials on October 29, 2009 at his then offices at the New Government Complex in Harare.
The cable revealed that Mr Mangoma sought to bribe the service chiefs into early retirement under the MDC-Tâ€™s security sector reform proposals by seeking to create a â€œtrust fundâ€ from where the funds would be channelled to the heads of Zimbabweâ€™s armed forces, the police and the Zimbabwe Prison Service.
He also proposed to take a similar request to the United Kingdom and Germany.
Legal experts have also revealed thatÂ Mr Mangomaâ€™s bribery mission smacks of treason and might be a prosecutable offence underÂ Â the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Section 30 (1).
The section reads: â€œIf any person induces or attempts to induce, or does any act with the intention of realising that there is a risk or possibility of inducing or causing any member of the police force or defence force to withhold his or her services, loyalty or allegiance or to commit breaches of discipline, he or she shall be guilty of causing disaffection among the police force or defence force and liable to a fine not exceeding level seven or imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years, or both.â€