The High has okayed the auctioning of the Vumba house of former Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere after he failed to appear in court for his corruption trial.
In March, Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya ruled that the house which Kasukuwere had used as surety to secure his release on bail may be disposed of.
This Monday, Justice Edith Mushore applauded Harare magistrate for ordering forfeiture saying it was clear Kasukuwere was in wilful default. Mushore stated that Kasukuwere’s prolonged stay in South Africa where he went on the pretext of seeking medical attention was not justifiable. She said:
When the applicant was granted bail by the court a quo (Magistrates Court), the applicant entered into a contract with the State upon which he paid for his liberty and furnished securities under the understanding that his default to abide the terms of the court would have negative consequences on his sureties to the extent that they could be forfeited by the State.
It is my view that the applicant has misconstrued the purport behind the relevant provisions surrounding the issue in the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act (CPEA)… It is common cause that he surrendered his Vumba home. He should have appreciated risks involved in the event of his failure to attend court
Mushore added that the former ZANU-PF Political Commissar was arrogant and overconfident in thinking that he would be given special treatment.
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