By Fungai Jachi
Premier Service Medical Investments (PSMI) Managing Director, Tafadzwa Gutu, who was allegedly on the run after the arrest of his workmates has been arrested and appeared in court this Thursday on allegations of fraud and forgery.
Gutu, who is jointly charged with Premier Service holding Company CEO Farai Muchena and three other officials, made his initial appearance in court this Thursday.
He was released on ZW$100 000 bail and barred from going to his workplace.
The accused was further ordered not to interfere with witnesses and to reside at the address he provided.
Gutu and his alleged accomplices are accused of swindling PSMAS of US$6 million in allowances which they fraudulently transferred to their personal accounts.
He was remanded to the 25th of next month.
Meanwhile, Chief Magistrate, Mrs Faith Mushure has dismissed an application for stay of criminal trial proceedings in a case where Citizens Coalition for Change activists Joana Mamombe and Cecilia Chimbiri are accused of publishing falsehoods after allegedly faking abduction.
Mamombe and Chimbiri approached the High Court to file for a review of the ruling to dismiss their application for discharge at the close of the State’s case arguing that the magistrate’s decision to put them to their defence is inappropriate as there was no prima facie case against them.
The state argued that the pair is trying to stall their trial by applying for stay of criminal proceedings.
The trial will continue on the 26th of this month.