Simba Chikore, son-in-law to the late former President Robert Mugabe has been acquitted by the Harare Magistrate Court.
This follows a High dismissal of the lower court decision to dismiss his application for discharge at the close of the State’s case.
Chikore was accused of unlawful detention of former ZimAirways legal head Bertha Zakeyo when he was the company’s chief executive.
Chikore was charged together with a Safeguard security member Simbarashe Mutimbe.
The duo’s application for discharge at the close of the State’s case was dismissed by magistrate Victoria Mashamba, prompting the pair to approach the High Court challenging the dismissal of their application.
High Court judge, Justice Zhou ruled that the complainant was not forced to remain at the company’s premises by Chikore and Mutimbe. The judge ruled:
The fact that the complainant set conditions for leaving the premises does not in any way constitute her presence at the premises (as) a deprivation of freedom of bodily movement.
Apart from which the condition she said was itself unlawful in the sense that she unilaterally decided to change the basis of her possession of the employer’s property.
A cellphone which she had been given for use during the course of her employment, her excuse for remaining at the premises was motivated by malicious intent to create a criminal cause, she voluntarily remained at the premises.
Magistrate Mashamba confirmed the High Court order to acquit Chikore.