The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Novem­ber 14, 1992 — In an un­prece­dented move, a Bu­l­awayo High Court judge yes­ter­day or­dered two men who are al­leged to have em­bez­zled $1,5 mil­lion to get out of Mata­bele­land im­me­di­ately, as one of the bail con­di­tions.

Mr Jus­tice Muchechetere granted the act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Zim­babwe De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, Murombo Charles Goromonzi, and an­other em­ployee of the cor­po­ra­tion, Itayi Em­manuel Muguza, bail on con­di­tion that each fur­nished the regis­trar of the High Court with per­sonal recog­ni­sance of $200 000.

The two men who are al­leged to have de­frauded the cor­po­ra­tion by pay­ing fic­ti­tious com­pa­nies sums of money amount­ing to $1,511 mil­lion, ap­peared be­fore Mr Jus­tice Muchechetere, for their bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

Mr Muchechetere or­dered the two men who re­side in Harare to leave Mata­bele­land within 24 hours as a mea­sure of en­sur­ing that they would not in­ter­fere with po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions or state wit­nesses.

Mr Muchechetere also ruled that the two men should not con­tact any ZDC em­ployee or any of its af­fil­i­ate com­pa­nies sit­u­ated in Mata­bele­land. They should re­main at their Harare homes save for be­ing re­quired to ap­pear in court. The two were also or­dered to sur­ren­der their travel doc­u­ments and to re­port once a day to the near­est po­lice sta­tion.

Jus­tice Muchechetere ruled that the two men should not con­tact each other while out on bail.

Mr Josias Makowane, for the State, op­posed bail on the grounds that in­ves­ti­ga­tions were still be­ing car­ried out and more doc­u­men­ta­tion on the em­bez­zle­ment was be­ing dis­cov­ered.

He re­quested that bail be de­nied un­til the end of this month.

Mr Makowane submitted that the two men who were well ed­u­cated — Goromonzi holds a PhD while Muguza has a Mas­ters de­gree – were in­flu­en­tial and were likely to tam­per with ev­i­dence.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.