Ex-Air Zim boss' bail bid opposed

HARARE - Jailed former Air Zimbabwe legal secretary Grace Pfumbidzayi’s bail application has been vigorously opposed by the State on the grounds that she was a flight risk.

Pfumbidzayi was sentenced to an effective seven years in jail together with former Air Zimbabwe chief executive Peter Chikumba.

They were jailed by regional magistrate Fadzai Mthombeni.

Prosecutor Daniel Muchimbiri yesterday urged the court to dismiss Pfumbidzayi’s application.

“The applicant stands convicted of a very serious offence and it is improper for this court to allow such people to walk on the streets,” Muchimbiri said.

“The society will lose faith in the judicial system and there is a real risk that the applicant will flee if released considering that she has tasted prison life.”

Muchimbiri said Pfumbidzayi is yet to be summoned to court over another fraud charge.

“That would be an incentive for her to abscond,” Muchimbiri said.

“She is very cunning and culculative and will do anything to convince this court as evidenced by shedding crocodile tears when her mitigation was heard before this court.

“The courts are overwhelmed with cases of this nature, funds are being siphoned from institutions, therefore the sentence imposed should deter all other executives in influential positions.”

The prosecutor said Pfumbidzayi was not being grateful that the court had passed a lenient sentence.

“The maximum penalty provision for this offence is 15 years and applicant got less than half the portion but still complains.”

In her bail application, Pfumbidzayi said the sentence imposed was severe and induced a sense of shock.

“It was heavily weighed in favour of the interests of society without paying adequate attention to interests of the offender and thus invariably harsh and appears draconian,” her lawyer argued.

“There was no evidence to show the extent of prejudice suffered by the airline and no evidence that the applicant benefited from the appointment of Navistar.

“Thus, if well argued in the appeal court, maybe the other option of a fine in the penalty provision may be imposed.”

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Garikayi - 28 April 2015

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Tamuiwe - 28 April 2015

Do you have tell the court how much you are able to pay as fine or its up to the court. The question would be: Where did you get that money from?

Zakaoma - 28 April 2015

Grace explain it to us as if we are 7 year old.15 million euro later and you argue the country and airline where not prejudiced. Pay back the money and beg for mercy. The truth will set u free. Kikiki

nyarai - 28 April 2015

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