Kurotwi's SA inspection in-loco date set

HARARE - The State has made an undertaking to avail funds by end of this month for court officials to travel to South Africa for an inspection-in-loco in a fraud case involving Core Mining director, Lovemore Kurotwi.

Kurotwi is facing $2 billion fraud charges. He is jointly charged with ex- Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) manager Dominic Mubaiwa.

Chris Mutangadura, chief law officer, yesterday said that he had told the presiding judge Chinembiri Bhunu that the Judicial Service Commission secretary Rita Makarau, had visited the Finance and Economic Development ministry permanent secretary Willard Manungo over the travel arrangements.

He said Manungo had made an undertaking to avail funds to facilitate the travelling by end of this month.

Parties will then meet on May 5 to finalise the travel arrangements.

The court officials will travel to South Africa on May 11 for the inspection-in-loco which is to be held for two days.

Kurotwi is represented by prominent lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.

Earlier on, Mtetwa had queried the arrangement, which she said was tantamount to subcontracting the case to South Africans.

“They have been organising the inspection-in-loco since 2012 and have subcontracted the process to a Kimberley magistrate and they also want us to subcontract the proceedings to South African lawyers,” Mtetwa said.

“We note from your letter that the inspection-in-loco in South Africa will be led by the chief magistrate in Kimberley with the deputy director of public prosecution in Kimberley presumably acting on your behalf.”

She said that she did not believe that a chief magistrate who is unaware of the background of the matter was able to properly conduct the inspection in loco.

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