Simba Chikore’s trial is set to commence on 14 December 2018. He is facing charges of unlawfully detaining former Zimbabwe Airways employee Bertha Zakeyo.
Chikore appeared in court intending to apply for refusal of further remand but this was thrown out after the prosecution furnished him with a trial date. Chikore is out on $30 bail and will be jointly charged with his alleged accomplice, Simbarashe Mutimbe. Harare provincial magistrate Mr Elisha Singano granted a request by the State to combine the dockets of the two for the purposes of trial.
Zakeyo has accused Chikore of kidnapping her, claiming that he had held her hostage in the office for nearly two hours against her will and also denied her access to her lawyer, Phillipa Jones. She said this happened after she received a letter from Chikore demanding that she writes a report which included allegedly holding unsanctioned meetings.