Businessman and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s supporter, Energy Mutodi, was denied bail after Harare Magistrate Elisha Singano ruled that he was not a proper candidate for bail. Mutodi was arrested on Thursday after he shared a Facebook post in which he suggested that the military coup was likely if President Robert Mugabe was not careful in choosing his successor.
The court is of the considered view that because of the charges faced by the accused which on conviction warrants a lengthy jail term, they could be an inducement to abscond and go beyond the jurisdiction of the courts, therefore, on these grounds, the court rules that he is unsuitable for bail.
Mutodi’ lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa notified the court that they would challenge the arrest at the next remand date set for August 25 and requested a written judgment so that she could file an appeal at the High Court.
Mutodi and his brother also appeared before Magistrate Singano facing another charge of stealing a car last year. The two were granted $500 bail each and ordered to surrender their passports.
Energy Mutodi is a controversial Harare businessman, Sungura musician, politician who is also an academic. He rose to prominence in 2012 when he released his debut album Simbi Yamudhara. He was accused of swindling money from civil servants through his housing co-operative, National Housing Development Trust Zimbabwe. He also took on board members of the Utakataka Express into his own band which was formerly led by the late Tongai Moyo which is now led by his son, Peter Moyo only a few weeks after he had vowed to support Peter after the death of Tongai. Read More
Beatrice Tele Mtetwa is a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer. She is known for representing several journalists. In 2014 she was honoured among 10 extraordinary women from 10 countries presented with the US Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award. Read More
The High Court of Zimbabwe is one of the Superior Courts of Zimbabwe. The High Court deals at first instance with all high value and high importance cases. It also has a supervisory jurisdiction over all subordinate courts and tribunals. Appeals from the High Court go to the Supreme Court. The head of the High court is the Judge President and the current Judge President of the High Court of Zimbabwe is Justice George Chiweshe The operations of the High Court are governed by the Constitution and the High Court Act [Chapter 7:06]. Read More