Stanley Kazhanje granted bail

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FORMER Zimbabwe Power Company board chairperson Stanley Kazhanje has been granted bail pending appeal against his conviction.
He was convicted for receiving a $10 000 bribe to stop the cancellation of a Gwanda solar project tender. Kazhanje’s appeal took a dramatic twist after it was discovered during the bail hearing that he was in the comfort of his home and had to be readmitted to prison following an order by High Court judge Justice Pisirai Kwenda.

He had been previously granted bail by the High Court, but had not handed himself in when his appeal against both conviction and sentence was struck off because it was defective.

However, Kwenda still released him on bail.

“I will exercise my discretion in the applicant’s favour and admit him to bail because Justice Amy Tsanga has already determined that the appellant has an arguable case on appeal,” Kwenda ruled.

“The applicant was previously on bail pending appeal in the same case and he did not abscond.

“He handed himself in when the court required him to do so and he is now in custody. ‘‘The apprehension arising from his past conduct can be catered for by a condition requiring his presence at his appeal.”

Kazhanje was ordered to deposit $10 000, surrender his passport, continue residing at his Mt Pleasant home
in Harare, report once a week at Marlborough Police Station and be present at the determination of his appeal.
Kazhanje, who was serving his sentence at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, was granted $1 000
bail by the High Court last year.

The court heard that Kazhanje was paid the bribe to influence him to stop the ZPC board from cancelling the
tender after Intratrek, which is owned by Harare businessman Wicknell Chivayo, was accused of breaching its
contract.

Kazhanje claimed the money was paid for past engineering consultancy services for Intratrek. The court also heard he had not declared this information and had concealed the payment from Intratrek.

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