Jailed ex-Air Zim boss seeks bail

HARARE - Jailed former Air Zimbabwe boss Peter Chikumba has filed an application for bail.

Harare regional magistrate Fadzai Mtombeni initially jailed Chikumba and Grace Pfumbidzayi for 10 years each. She went on to suspend three years on condition of good behaviour after convicting the two on lesser charges of abusing their offices.

Charges against Chikumba and Pfumbidzayi arose after an anomaly was discovered pertaining to amounts paid between April 2009 and April 2013 to a company called Navistar Insurance Brokers (Private) Limited (Navistar) in respect of aviation insurance premiums.

The State accused the duo of enlisting the services of Navistar to provide aviation and insurance cover without going to tender after terminating services of other existing companies.

However, Chikumba, through his lawyer Admire Rubaya challenged Mtombeni’s ruling, arguing that she erred at law. Chikumba is also challenging his conviction and seven-year prison term.

“With all due respect to the court a quo, there is no doubt that justice was miscarried in this matter resulting in the improper conviction of the applicant (Chikumba),” Rubaya said. “The applicant clearly committed no criminal offence at all and the charge he was called upon to answer was never established.”

He said the allegations against his client were entirely false.

Rubaya argued that there was no evidence that was produced in court to prove that his client had a meeting with Pfumbidzayi prior to the appointment of Navistar.

He said his client was convicted based on evidence proffered by Pfumbidzayi, who was only trying to save her skin.

He further said that the magistrates’ court did not have sufficient evidence warranting Chikumba’s conviction, adding that the decision was arrived at on the basis of mere speculation and conjecture.

“The court is urged to consider the prospects of success on appeal which are very bright to the extent that the continued deprivation of liberty to the applicant in the circumstances is very prejudicial and amounts to miscarriage of justice,” Rubaya argued.

“The applicant was wrongly convicted as the State failed to prove a case beyond reasonable doubt and the learned magistrate erred in convicting the applicant.”

Comments (10)

regedzai vanhu ava havana kudya pakuru.varikudya havasungwi sei????

gringo wegwelo - 23 June 2015

You do crime , then be ready to do time. Its funny when people steal and involved in corrupt activities its bling bling and happiness, but when their activities are unmasked they cry buckets of tears. All economic thieves will have their day in court at some point. These people must go to jail. The crime committed is not a petty crime. Its only the current GVT system that is preventing prosecution of economic thieves.

X-MAN IV - 23 June 2015

Yes he will be granted a bail term of seven (7) years. He will be set free (but still in his khaki prison garb) to enjoy fresh air cutting grass at the airport during Air Zimbabwe working hours so that his former slaves at the Airline will see him and greet him. At the end of the day he willbe bundled back to his stall at Chikurubi Max Prison.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 23 June 2015

when did justice become unjust?

pfocho - 24 June 2015

We are so quick to judge and blame others . That trial was trial by media , and there was no justice . MaZimbabweans you are so judgemental muchisiya mbava chaidzo , Let these people go and have their lives .

musona kaduri - 24 June 2015

let him serve his term, mbavha dzemacellphone dziri nani, idzi dzinoponda ponda economy

mati zvaigodii - 24 June 2015

A crime is a crime no matter who is involved. Its only that Chombo is walking free today but time will come when he will be arrested.

bob - 24 June 2015

Fleecing air Zimbabwe is fleecing Zimbabwe,,,, and my beloved country cries more..... any guilty parties must cry as well and pay for their sins. Chizarira ndizvo

Den - 24 June 2015

and there you are mazimbo with all the education spending valuable internet time commenting on issues before the courts.you should know better with all your education;education,my foot-you need wisdom above knowledge .

chipfupi - 25 June 2015

Chikumba & Grace were convicted & sentenced but we have not heard yet of how they are going reimburse the stolen money.They have several properties they bought with the loot.

N.Ncube - 26 June 2015

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