Air Zim bosses removed from remand

HARARE - Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya has removed from remand two ex-Air Zimbabwe bosses.

Former acting Air Zimbabwe (Private) Limited (Air Zimbabwe) chief executive officer Innocent Mavhunga and the firm’s former legal manager and company secretary, Grace Nyaradzai
Pfumbidzayi’s trial was supposed to kick off yesterday, but Mujaya said the State should first put its house in order.

This was after prosecutor Valerie Ngoma indicated that the State was not yet ready to proceed to trial.

Ngoma said investigations were not yet complete, while the defence lawyers said they were not provided with State papers.

Pfumbidzayi is represented by Andrew Muvirimi, while Ticharwa Garabga appeared on behalf of Mavhunga.

Mavhunga and Pfumbidzayi are both accused of siphoning several millions of dollars from the struggling national airline.

Pfumbidzayi is also appearing on a separate record with the airline’s former chief executive officer Peter Chikumba, in which trial is going to proceed on September 18.

Charges against Pfumbidzayi and Chikumba arose last year, after an anomaly was discovered on amounts paid between April 2009 and April 2013 to Navistar Insurance Brokers (Private)
Limited in respect of aviation insurance premiums. The State alleges Navistar was appointed without following due process.

The two denied committing the offence and acting in connivance as alleged by the State.

Chikumba said the allegations are malicious, frivolous and vexatious.

He alleged the charges are being peddled by Air Zimbabwe through powerful politicians in a bid to stop him from claiming his terminal benefits.

Comments (1)

The state will not put its house in order because these people have tacit approval to do what they do from those in charge of the country.

Galore 123 - 26 August 2014

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