The suspended Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume has been granted $40 000 bail at the High Court following his arrest and detention in December.
Jacob Mafume who has been on remand since 11 December 2020 for allegedly trying to bribe a witness in his court case was finally granted $40 000 bail.
MDC Alliance confirmed the development on their official Twitter account saying;
High Court finally grants Mayor @JMafume bail.All of them must be freed VC @JobSikhala1 , Spokesperson @advocatemahere ,Allan Moyo who has been jailed for months and @daddyhope who was denied bail yesterday. COVID-19 is a risk unnecessary incarceration must be avoided. pic.twitter.com/JmbSdQyG7n
— MDC Alliance (@mdczimbabwe) January 15, 2021
As part of his bail conditions, Mafume is expected to deposit ZWL 40, 000, report to police every Friday, reside at his registered home, and is not supposed to interfere with the state witnesses
Mafume was arrested in December last year on charges of trying to bribe a state witness in his abuse of office case. His arrest came barely six days after High Court Judge Justice Benjamin Chikowero had granted him ZW$30 000 bail over charges of allegations of criminal abuse of office involving illegal parcelling of residential stands.
He was, however, denied bail by the magistrate’s court resulting in him spending Christmas and new year holidays behind bars.
Meanwhile, the suspended Harare Mayor is reportedly very ill and in need of immediate medical attention. He is suspected to have contracted the Covid-19 due to poor health conditions at Harare Remand Prison.
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