Mathew Masinge, Court Reporter
Ngoni Masoka who is co-accused with former Minister Prisca Mupfumira had his bail conditions relaxed yesterday by a Harare court.
The duo is answering to two counts of criminal abuse of office as public officers and another count of concealing a transaction from a principal.
Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Masoka made the application before magistrate Stanford Mambanje to whom he argued that he had to be treated fairly as his co-accused whose reporting conditions were already relaxed.
Through his lawyers, Masoka submitted that;
“The second accused (Masoka) has been religiously following his bail conditions by reporting twice every week to the police since 2019.
“He is of an old age and has been travelling 50km each day making it a possible 100km per week for him to travel to the nearest police station.
“There is no need to differentiate the two since the other accused already had her reporting conditions relaxed.
“We are applying that the court alters the reporting condition to once a month,” submitted Masoka’s lawyer.
The State was not opposed to the application.
Magistrate Mambanje granted the application before ordering Masoka to report once every last Friday of each month at Greendale Police Station.
Meanwhile, the duo’s trial will continue on 11, 12 and 13 May at the instance of both Mupfumira and Masoka’s lawyers.
According to the State, in one of the offences Mupfumira allegedly looted funds to pay for air tickets for her and her personal aides when they attended her daughter’s wedding in South Africa.
In another case, Mupfumira allegedly received a US$90 000 debt from the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) and reportedly purchased a Land Cruiser VX-L 200 series instead of a Mercedes Benz.