SENIOR regional magistrate Trynois Utahwashe said the courts are disappointed by the long time Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) officers take in completing matters for suspects to be tried.
The magistrate even questioned why Zacc arrests people when they are not done with investigations.
This follows notification by former NetOne chief executive Lazarus Muchenje and six others arrested on corruption-related charges that they would be applying for refusal of further remand.
Muchenje is jointly charged with interconnection and roaming manager Tawanda Sibanda, acting chief finance officer Tinashe Severa, chief technology officer Darlington Gutu, chief operating officer Spencer Manguwa, acting head of legal unit Tanyaradzwa Chingombe, and legal trainee Shamaine Kadenhe, on allegations of criminal abuse of office or alternatively contravening section 4 of the Postal and Telecommunications (International Telecommunications Rates).
Muchenje is also jointly charged with former Net One non-executive director Paradzai Mutandwa Chakona for corruptly entering a lease agreement of a NetOne house without board approval.
Yesterday, Muchenje together with Chakona — through their lawyer Innocent Chingarande — indicated that they were supposed to be removed from remand as per indication on their last appearance.
State counsel George Manokore told the court that he had liaised with a Zacc officer who said that he was still working on investigations.
The magistrate, however, refused to remove them from remand, saying he had not seen where it was endorsed in the record.
“Why did they arrest these people when they are not done with investigations? Courts are disappointed by the pace of Zacc officers. Most cases are from Zacc, why are they in a hurry to arrest people? Provide evidence when you arrest people,” the magistrate said.
The magistrate made similar sentiments against Zacc last week in a case involving NatPharm directors Billy Rigava, his deputy Rachael Chibaya, board members Johnson Shonhe and Harunavamwe Notburga Chifamba when they appeared for routine remand.