Mupfumira, Chombo further remanded

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FORMER Tourism and Hospitality minister Prisca Mupfumira and Public Service ministry permanent secretary Ngoni Masoka yesterday said further remands were plunging them into serious expenses, arguing it was unnecessary since there was an order for stay of proceedings from the High Court.

Mupfumira and Masoka appeared before senior regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya and their lawyer Farai Mushoriwa sought a longer remand and raised concerns on the prejudice his client faced.

“We are of the view that given that the matter was handled by two judges and judgment was reserved and are not sure of the time the judgments will take the accused person should be remanded to May 5,” Mushoriwa said.

“It is not necessary to keep pressuring them as they incur legal and other costs by continuing to come here.”

Mujaya postponed the matter to March 24 after prosecutor Clement Chimbare argued that there was a possibility that the reserved judgment could be delivered soon.

Meanwhile, former Cabinet minister Ignatius Chombo and ex-Zanu PF youth leaders Kudzanai Chipanga, Munyaradzi Hamandishe and Matthew Mleya’s criminal nuisance case was remanded to May 5 consequent to a High Court order for stay of proceedings.

The quartet was represented by Lovemore Madhuku who notified the State of his intentions to file for further remand refusal, arguing there was no progress in the matter two years after his clients first appeared in court.
They are being charged for wearing Zanu PF regalia after their expulsion from the party.

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