Harare magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti on Monday postponed bail ruling for Drax International’s representative in zimbabwe Delish Nuwaya’s to Tuesday.
Nguwaya was arrested on Friday over fraud allegations after his company sold medical equipment to the company at exorbitant prices that have triggered public outrage.
Nguwaya’s lawyers, Tafadzwa Hungwe, Admire Rubaya and Ashiel Mugiya argued that their client was fit for bail. They told the court:
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The argument was around what the State alleges he did in the commission of the offence and the apparent weakness of the case against him which is not enough to make him abscond especially in the Covid-19 time where international travel is almost impossible.
The investigating officer (IO) failed to provide or name any document authored by Nguwaya during his testimony but suggested that he was the only company representative hence his arrest.
Drax International recently issued a statement stating that Nguwaya was the company’s sole representative in Zimbabwe.
Opposing the bail application, the State argued that Nguwaya is facing a very serious offence and is likely to flee the country if remanded out of custody.
The State also claims the controversial deal had generated a lot of interest and bad publicity making it improper to release Nguwaya before trial.
Those sceptical of the system say the state is buying time and will eventually release him.
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