Magistrate Frees Wicknell Chivayo

Harare magistrate Mr Lazini Ncube yesterday abided by a High Court ruling when he abandoned the matter in which businessman Wicknell Chivayo was facing $5,6 million fraud charges.

The fraud charges relate to a botched Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) solar project. Chivayo had approached the High Court challenging the magistrates’ court decision to dismiss his application excepting him of the charges on the grounds that they did not constitute an offence. The High Court then acquitted him. Ncube said the High Court decision was self-explanatory. Said Ncube:

Accordingly, the exception dismissed by this court was set aside and both accused persons were found not guilty and acquitted of all the counts. This, therefore, means allegations are quashed and accused persons are free.

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