Corruption accused ex-Mugabe ally 'begs court to release passport for a trip to SA' - report

2018-10-31 11:30
Saviour Kasukuwere (File: News24)

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Zimbabwe's former local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who is facing corruption charges, has reportedly been denied access to his passport after he had filed a court application to get it back for a "business trip" to South Africa.

The former minister in Robert Mugabe’s government told the court that he needed his passport back in order to travel to neighbouring South Africa for a business meeting that would enable him to import basic commodities, reported New Zimbabwe.com.

Kasukuwere said that his family depended on his businesses for survival since he was no longer employed.

"Your worship, I want the passport to go and fulfil the transactions as I stated in the emails tendered before this court.

"I'm doing this in view of government’s mandate to allow us to bring goods into the country by scrapping stringent conditions," Kasukuwere was quoted as saying.

The Zimbabwean government has temporarily lifted an import ban on basic commodities that have been in short supply in recent months due to panic buying and widespread cash shortages.

But the court rejected Kasukuwere's request, saying he should have made the application when he appeared before the court early this month.

Strict bail conditions

His case was postponed to November 7 for trial commencement.

Kasukuwere was last month arrested on charges of criminal abuse of office during his two tenures as a minister under Mugabe's era.

The state-owned Chronicle newspaper reported at the time that Kasukuwere spent a night in prison.

He was, however, freed on $3 000 bail, coupled with some strict bail conditions. 

Harare magistrate Hosiah Mujaya ordered him to surrender his passport and title deeds to his house in Nyanga, report to police once a week and not to interfere with state witnesses, the report said.

Kasukuwere was facing three counts of criminal abuse of office during his tenure as local government minister and another count as indigenisation minister.

According to Daily News, as indigenisation minister, Kasukuwere once came under fire after awarding a company called  Brainworks Capital several indigenisation deals that included a $971m with Zimbabwe Platinum Mines limited.

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