Court denies prosecutor Kasema bail

Source: Court denies prosecutor Kasema bail | Newsday (News)

BY HARRIET CHIKANDIWA
PROSECUTOR Tapiwa Kasema (45), who is facing allegations of criminal abuse of office, has been denied bail by Harare magistrate Ngoni Nduna.
Nduna ruled that Kasema was a flight risk as shown by his disappearance just before his arrest.
Kasema was remanded to January 5 next year for routine remand.
It is alleged that on August 24, Musa Taj Abdul, Tapiwa Rudolf, Godfrey Mupanhanga and accomplices were arrested in Beitbridge over a spate of murder and armed robbery cases around Zimbabwe.
On August 25, they were taken to court facing 53 counts of armed robbery, where they were denied bail and remanded in custody.
On an unknown date in December 2020, Abdul applied for bail and the National Prosecuting Authority assigned Kasema together with two other officers to oppose the application.
On December 8, Kasema allegedly consented to the granting of bail without following laid-down procedure.
The court heard that the offence came to light after the Central Investigations Department Homicide Division queried the release of the applicants on bail by the High Court on December 11, 2020, and it came out that Kasema had unlawfully consented to the release of the applicants.
A report was made to the police leading to Kasema’s arrest.

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