Controversial businessman Wicknell Chivayo has filed an application for bail at the High Court after he was denied bail by Magistrate Elisha Singano who deemed him a flight risk. Chivayo who allegedly defrauded the Zimbabwe Power Company of more than US$5 million over the Gwanda Solar Power Project, is arguing that the magistrate erred in denying him bail.
Chivayo’s lead counsel, Advocate Lewis Uriri said on Wednesday,
We contend that there is no prospect whatsoever for a conviction…The finding that surrendering of the passport and reporting conditions would not serve the interests of justice because of the porous nature of Zimbabwe’s borders and the overall determination that the applicant is a flight risk are on the facts, the evidence and the law, so grossly unreasonable as to suggest that the learned magistrate must have taken leave of his senses.
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