Wicknell Chivayo Denied Bail

Controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo has been denied bail by Harare magistrate Elisha Singano. Chivayo was arrested last week for allegedly defrauding the Zimbabwe Power Company over the Gwanda Solar Power Project. Chivayo received a US$5 million advance from the ZPC in irregular circumstances but is still to make any meaningful progress almost two years later. The prosecution argued that Chivayo is a flight risk and called for him to be remanded in custody.

Magistrate Singano concurred with the prosecution and remanded Chivayo to the 27th of August for trial saying that to release him would undermine the proper administration of justice. Chivayo was arrested under the orders of recently appointed acting Prosecutor General Patrick Hodzi after suspended prosecutor general Ray Goba allegedly took no action for months despite receiving a docket from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc).

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