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Drama at court as magistrate handling Mafume’s case fails to show up



Mayor Jacob Mafume

Drama at court as magistrate handling Mafume’s case fails to show up. Jacob Mafume was arrested by the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) on Wednesday, 25 November 2020 for allegedly influencing the Harare City Council housing director to allocate at least two residential stands in Westlea sometime in March 2020.

Harare Mayor, Cllr Jacob Mafume was this Saturday remanded to Monday 30 November for his bail ruling after the magistrate who is handling his criminal abuse of office case failed to show up in court.

Commenting on the failure by Magistrate Makwande to appear in court today, a law lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, Advocate Fadzayi Mahere, who is also MDC Alliance’s spokesperson said the bail process in the country was flawed. She said:

The courts’ approach to bail hearings requires reform & a shift in approach. Bail hearings must be heard urgently & determined expeditiously. The right to liberty is sacrosanct. It’s regrettable that they would render the Constitution a lifeless museum piece. #FreeJacob

His arrest followed a spate of arrests of fellow councillors in Harare over alleged illegal selling of state and or council land. The cases are still pending. Some analysts say the charges are trumped up and are meant to frustrate the opposition MDC Alliance and portray is as a corrupt party.

Source – Pindula News

In other news – Moana’s burial at Warren Hills cemetery: Pics

Moana’s burial at Warren Hills cemetery: Pics. Moana’s body now in Highfield ahead of burial: Pics. Moana’s funeral is currently on now and her body has arrived at her mother’s house on its way to Warren Hills where she will be laid to rest in the Moslem way as per her father’s wish.


This comes after his father won the decision in court.  The remains of Michelle Moana Amuli, the late…Learn More.