Former tourism Minister Mupfumira on Friday watched again as her freedom bid crumbled for the umpteenth time. On Friday, Mupfumira was denied bail by a Harare magistrate because she was a flight risk among other reasons. In denying her bail Elijah Makomo said:
The State mentioned the existence of two passports in the name of the accused; an ordinary passport and a diplomatic one.In that ordinary passport is a multiple entry visa to the United Kingdom expiring in 2028. Clearly, this visa gives her residence in the UK for the next nine years. This means she has strong connections with that country.
This must be taken in light of the deposition of the investigating officer that she owns houses in that country. This is a strong factor militating against the accused’s bid for freedom.
The magistrate also cited the gravity of Mupfumira’s case as a reason why she will skip the country if she is released from custody.
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