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Mike Chimombe, Moses Mpofu Enjoy Life In Remand Prison

Businessmen Moses Mpofu and Mike Chimombe were arrested on Wednesday morning and remanded in custody on fraud charges related to an $88 million “Presidential Goat Pass-on Scheme”.

This followed their appearance at the Harare Magistrates Court. The State, represented by Anesu Chirenje, successfully applied for their bail hearing to be set for Thursday in order to ascertain whether they had voluntarily attended court or were brought in by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), as reported by The Sunday Mail.

 

The State also expressed its intention to review documentary evidence before opposing Mpofu and Chimombe’s bail request. Furthermore, Chirenje informed the court that the State intends to lead evidence from two investigating officers from ZACC.

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In response, Mpofu and Chimombe’s lawyers, Tapson Dzvetero and Arshiel Mugiya, opposed the postponement of the bail ruling, arguing that the issue of bail should not arise as their clients were coming from home. The defense counsel also contended that, according to the law, their clients were entitled to be released on free bail.

 

Despite the opposition, Harare Regional Magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa upheld the State’s application and postponed the matter to Thursday afternoon. As a result, Mpofu and Chimombe were to spend the night in custody before returning to court today.

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