Mathew Masinge, Court Reporter
High Court judge Justice Amy Tsanga will tomorrow deliver a judgment on former Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Prisca Mupfumira’s quest for freedom.
Mupfumira is facing corruption allegations involving US$95 million.
Sharon Fero of the National Prosecution Authority consented to another bail application yesterday.
Fero submitted that investigations on four of the seven counts that Mupfumira is facing were done whilst the reminder are expected to be complete by September 30.
She said chances of interfering with witnesses or that the ex-minister will abscond trial are now very slim.
The NPA has also said they expect to furnish the former minister with her trial date on October 4 when she appears for her routine remand at the Harare’s Magistrate court.
However, Fero said the appeal had a misdirection having not centered on the court’s judgment why the Mupfumira was earlier denied freedom.
Fero added that the lower court had made a proper finding that Mupfumira was a flight risk after it emerged that she was a holder of an ordinary and diplomatic passports.
Her ordinary passport had a multiple entry visa to the UK expiring in 2028 and there were allegations that she owns a number of properties in that country.
Through her counsel, Mupfumira said she was willing to be tried out of prison but the State cannot perpetuate the illegality of her arrest by an officer seconded to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.
The former minister is answering to seven counts of criminal abuse of office for allegedly forcing the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) into dodgy investment deals during her tenure as Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister.
Mupfumira has had her bail applications denied on several occasions and labelled a flight risk.