Ex-Kingston's boss faces bribery charge

HARARE - Prosecutor Michael Reza has sensationally claimed that ex-Kingston’s Holdings boss Brian Sedze dispatched his friend to persuade him to recuse himself from prosecuting his 35 counts of fraud.

Responding to Sedze’s application for him and Harare regional magistrate Simon Rogers Kachambwa to recuse themselves from handling his case ostensibly because they were biased, Reza said the ex-Kingston’s boss was using delaying tactics.

“Prior to the commencement of trial on 21 March 2013, the applicant (Sedze) approached me on three occasions persuading me not to be the prosecutor in his case, because according to him, I have a reputation of not losing many cases,” Reza said.

“When trial started, he asked his friend Ricky Chingarire to call me on how I could “help” him. I told him never to phone me again.”

Sedze, through his lawyer Tazorora Musarurwa, had filed an application seeking Reza and Kachambwa’s recusal, citing several irregularities, which the State said were false.

Sedze said that Reza and Kachambwa were biased against him, claiming that after the State closed its case in the matter, he applied for discharge.

He said that after the state saw his application, it did not respond but applied for the re-opening of the State’s case.

Reza in his response told the court he never saw the application that Sedze claimed he had filed with the court.

He also said during the time that Sedze claims he handed him the application, he was on leave.

“Applicant is clearly wrong. There was no application for discharge before the court. He did not make one,” Reza said.

Reza said there was no evidence showing how he had acted in a biased manner against Sedze, before declining to recuse himself from the case.

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