Bail ruling for PSMAS quartet set for Tuesday

Fungai Jachi

Bail ruling in the case of PSMAS chief executive officer Farai Muchena and three other top officials who are facing charges of fraud and forgery involving US$6 million has been rolled over to this Tuesday.

The State argued that the quartet of Muchena, the company’s secretary Cosmas Mukwesha and two other officials Victor Chaipa and Shingai Mabuto who are facing charges of fraud and forgery is not suitable for bail as they are most likely to interfere with witnesses.

The State further submitted that if the court finds favour with the accused persons plea to be freed on bail they should be barred from going to their workplace or contact anyone they work with.

The quartet argued that the court should free them on bail under stringent conditions to allay the State’s fears.

The presiding magistrate is expected to hand down his ruling this Tuesday.

The four are accused of swindling PSMAS of US$6 million in allowances they fraudulently transferred to their personal accounts from 2016.

Meanwhile, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activists Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri’s application for discharge at the close of the State’s case in a matter they are accused of faking abduction has been dismissed by Chief Magistrate, Mrs Faith Mushure.

Mamombe and Chimbiri will be put to their defence as the magistrate noted that the pair has a case to answer.

Their trial will continue this Thursday.

Still at the courts, two suspects who allegedly duped land seekers of US$100 000 in a land scam have appeared in court facing charges of fraud.

The pair allegedly created WhatsApp groups where they demanded payments from members who wanted pieces of farming land.

It is further alleged that they collected the money and converted it to their own use, prejudicing land seekers of a collective US$100 000.

The duo will be back in court this Tuesday for bail application.