Guvamombe's application for relaxation of bail conditions dismissed
A Harare Magistrate, Bianca Makwende, on Wednesday dismissed the application by suspended Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe to have his bail conditions relaxed.
Last week, Guvamombe made an application to the court for the relaxation of bail conditions including a permanent release of his passport and that his reporting conditions be scrapped.
Guvamombe is facing charges of allowing former Minister of Local Government, Saviour Kasukuwere and former Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security Minister, Supa Mandiwanzira, placement on attachment at the courts while they were on remand.
The two are facing criminal abuse of office charges but Mandiwanzira has since been acquitted on one charge.
He was arrested in January and granted $3000 bail, ordered to report three times a week to the police, not to travel 50km outside Harare and to surrender surety of a property valued at more than $30 000.
In his application, Guvamombe raised concern that he was unable to continue reporting because he was incurring huge costs including fuel.
He said his freedom of movement was being compromised.
“There is no basis for the scrapping of bail conditions and return of the passport. The conditions must stay so as to secure the accused person. Fuel queues are not anything new, fuel shortages were there at the time of the accused’s arrest. This court cannot interfere with the ruling initially made.”
Trial date has been set to 17 September.