Reporting conditions costly, says former minister Obadiah Moyo

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FORMER Health minister Obadiah Moyo claims bail reporting conditions imposed on him are becoming costly and inconvenient and has approached the court seeking to have them altered.

Moyo, who is facing allegations of fraud over a controversial coronavirus (Covid-19) medicines supply deal worth US$60 million, is on $50 000 bail coupled with a condition to report to the police thrice a week.

His lawyer, George Mhlanga, said Moyo’s right to freedom is being affected and the conditions were unjust and making it difficult for him to be engaged in business that goes beyond a day.

He added that there has been no progress on the matter since July when he was arrested.

He also argued that Moyo has proved not to be a flight risk and his passport is currently held by the Clerk of Court.

State counsel Michael Reza opposed the application saying there have been no changed circumstances warranting the alteration.

He said the defence accepted the condition when they initially appeared for bail and they did not challenge it hence there is no basis for it to be varied.

The State said investigations in the matter were nearly done with the investigating officer indicating that the docket was almost complete and on the next appearance they should be able to furnish him with a trial date.

Senior regional magistrate Trynois Utahwashe, who heard the application, said he would give a determination on Moyo’s application on October 27.

In another matter, former Cabinet minister Prisca Mupfumira will be back in court on November 4 for continuation of trial on corruption charges she is jointly charged with Ngoni Masoka.

The matter was supposed to be heard on Wednesday, but was postponed to yesterday as the presiding magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi was not available.

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