DJ Munya alleged hitmen freed on bail

HARARE - Star FM DJ Munyaradzi Milimo’s alleged hitmen in the murder of Tinashe Magorimbo have been freed on $300 bail, after the court ruled that there was a “weak link” between the two and the offence.

DJ Munya, as he is affectionately known, was last Friday released on bail after his lawyer Lucky Mauwa raised satisfactory exceptional circumstances.

His alleged accomplices Taurai Jani and Mohammed Matare had remained in custody awaiting the court’s ruling on their application.

Yesterday Matare’s lawyer Reason Muchirewesi told the court that DJ Munya was the one who was closely linked to the commission of the offence.

He based the argument on facts outlined in the state case that he once approached Magorimbo’s wife giving her assurance that her husband was going to return home safe.

“He (DJ Munya) knew where the now deceased was, he knew the persons who were with the now deceased,” he said.

High Court Judge Joseph Musakwa yesterday said that there was no proof directly linking the two to the commission of the offence.

“There is nothing to show that they (Jani and Matare) were in constant contact with the now deceased prior to his kidnapping and subsequent death,” said Musakwa.

He said there were sparse facts leading to the duo’s arrest for kidnap and murder.

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 Jani 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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