DJ Munya freed on bail

HARARE - A High Court judge has freed Star FM DJ Munyaradzi Milimo, who is facing murder charges on $300 bail.

DJ Munya, as he is affectionately known, is accused of masterminding the kidnapping and subsequent killing of Tinashe Magorimbo.

He is jointly charged with Taurai Jani and Mohammed Matare.

DJ Munya has been in custody for the past two weeks but High Court Judge Joseph Musakwa yesterday ordered his release on bail.

He was ordered to surrender his passport, report to the police every Friday and not to interfere with State witnesses as part of his bail conditions.

Prosecutor Editor Mavuto yesterday told the court that the State was no longer opposing Milimo’s release on bail, after conceding that there was no link between the DJ and the commission of the offence.

DJ Munya’s lawyer Lucky Mauwa had submitted an affidavit by the popular radio personality, proffering exceptional circumstances warranting his suitability for release on bail.

He told the court that when Magorimbo died on May 19, he was not present.

He said he was in police custody following his arrest on May 17 over Magorimbo’s disappearance.

Milimo said that State papers did not reveal his role in the commission of the offence, to such an extent that he should not have been placed on remand.

He further said the court papers did not reveal the type of poison that was allegedly administered on Magorimbo, when and how it was administered, arguing that it might as well be a case of suicide.

Matare and Jani’s bail applications were postponed to next Monday.

Allegations against the trio arose after Magorimbo died due to suspected poisoning.

This was after he allegedly failed to pay DJ Munya $5 000 “compensation” for having an illicit affair with his wife.

The court heard that Magorimbo allegedly gave DJ Munya a part payment of $1 000 through Janhi and Matare in February this year.

It is alleged Magorimbo later became evasive, prompting DJ Munya to enlist the services of Jani and Matare to force him to pay.

Magorimbo went missing last month, before he was eventually seen at his flat by his wife on May 18, naked with both hands tied with a rope.

He later died at West End Clinic, where he had been admitted in the intensive care unit. - Tendai Kamhungira

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