Higher Education Deputy Minister Godfrey Gandawa yesterday said he was unlawfully arrested, detained and placed on remand on allegations of criminal abuse of office involving the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef). He gave notice to make a formal application for referral to the Constitutional Court when he appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.
In his application filed off record, Gandawa seeks a declaration that his arrest, detention and placement on remand were unconstitutional. He is also demanding back his $500 bail and passport. In his application he argues that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) does not have the power to arrest and detain suspects.
Gandawa is jointly charged with Zimdef principal director (finance) Nicholas Mapute who through his lawyer Mr Pisirai Kwenda, told the court that he will not be challenging his arrest.