By Mutsa Makuvaza
HARARE Mayor Jacob Mafume was Tuesday morning granted ZWL $30 000 bail by the High Court in a matter where he faces criminal abuse of office charges.
This comes after Mafume was last week denied bail by Harare Chief Magistrate Bianca Makwande who turned down Mafume’s bail application on the basis that his lawyer was not truthful in the application and that Mafume was likely to interfere with investigations.
Mafume is being charged with criminal abuse of office for allegedly corruptly allocating Westlea stands to his sister Rotina Mafume and his law firm’s secretary Rutendo Muvuti using waiting list numbers that belonged to other people.
But the Hugh Court today ordered that Mafume pays $30,000 bail. He is also to report every Friday at the special Anti-Corruption unit in Harare.
Mafume was arrested nearly two weeks ago and his party, the opposition MDC Alliance, claims he is being politically persecuted by the Zanu-PF government.
In a statement, the MDC Alliance previously said:
In yet another case of persecution and weaponization of the law against MDC Alliance members, Harare Mayor [Jacob Mafume] has been arrested by [ZRP]. The charges against him are unclear.
We know that his real offence was winning the mayoral vote for the MDC Alliance. The toxic politics of Zanu PF is aimed at persecuting those who openly display allegiance with President [Nelson Chamisa].
They want to remove him and replace him with a Zanu PF proxy.
In October this year, plainclothes police officers swooped on Harare Town House and rounded up 21 councillors and three journalists attending a full council meeting.
More details to follow... – Zimbabwe Voice ■