Zimbabwe energy minister cleared of corruption

AP News
Posted: Jun 28, 2011 11:03 AM
Zimbabwe energy minister cleared of corruption

A high court judge acquits Zimbabwe's energy minister on charges of corruption in a gasoline deal.

Elton Mangoma, a founder of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's former opposition party, was accused of bypassing procedures by buying gasoline from a South African firm in January. He spent more than a week in jail after first being arrested.

Judge Chinembiri Bhunu on Tuesday ruled Mangoma not guilty of the charges and said prosecutors failed to show evidence of any wrongdoing.

He said state witnesses confirmed that Mangoma's action in buying the gas was to ease shortages of fuel. Tsvangirai's party cited the case as intimidation against its ministers and officials.