Harare Mayor, Cllr Jacob Mafume was this Saturday remanded to Monday 30 November for his bail ruling after the magistrate who is handling his criminal abuse of office case failed to show up in court.
Mafume was arrested by the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) on Wednesday, 25 November 2020 for allegedly influencing the Harare City Council housing director to allocate at least two residential stands in Westlea sometime in March 2020.
Commenting on the failure by Magistrate Makwande to appear in court today, a law lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, Advocate Fadzayi Mahere, who is also MDC Alliance’s spokesperson said the bail process in the country was flawed. She said:
The courts’ approach to bail hearings requires reform & a shift in approach. Bail hearings must be heard urgently & determined expeditiously. The right to liberty is sacrosanct. It’s regrettable that they would render the Constitution a lifeless museum piece. #
His arrest followed a spate of arrests of fellow councillors in Harare over alleged illegal selling of state and or council land.
The cases are still pending.
Some analysts say the charges are trumped up and are meant to frustrate the opposition MDC Alliance and portray is as a corrupt party.
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