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Court rejects Chipanga bail variation request

03/02/2018 00:00:00
by Court Reporter
 
 
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HARARE magistrate Rumbdzai Mugwagwa has turned down former Zanu PF youth leader, Kudzai Chipanga’s bail variation’s application saying the decision lies with the High Court.

Mugwagwa Thursday ruled that her hands were tied considering that she was not the one who granted him bail.

She said Chipanga should approach the superior court which granted him bail.

Chipanga was released on $500 bail by High Court Judge who also ordered him to report twice a week at the police, to surrender his passport and not to interfere with witnesses among other conditions.

He approached the court last week seeking to have his conditions altered saying he wanted to report once a week since he is now a full time farmer.

Through his lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku, he told court that he was optimistic that the state would drop charges for publishing falsehoods against Vice President Constantino Chiwenga against him considering that the retired army general now holds a higher office.

For this reason, he feels that there is no more reason for him to be on stringent bail conditions.

Chipanga told court that he was confident considering that events where his charge arose from brought a new political situation.

He requested that reports once per week adding that the other conditions may remain unchanged.

He also told court that he is now required to be at his farm in Mutare on a daily basis since farming is his only source of income following his sacking from his job.

Following his release on bail, Chipanga has been reporting twice a week at Borrowdale police station.

It is state’s case that they held a press conference denigrating the retired army general Chiwenga in November last year.



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