Mathew Masinge

THE High Court has ordered the release of 25 haulage trucks, and two top-of-the-range vehicles, which were seized from politician Justice Wadyajena by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) in August 2022.

The vehicles were seized on suspicion that they were linked to the commission of criminal offences, involving US$5,8 million, which was allegedly diverted from the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe.

Wadyajena was being charged for fraud together with his firm Mayor Logistics, Cottco bosses Pius Manamike, Maxmore Njanji, Chiedza Danha, as well as Moncrois PowerPoint Company.

The five were removed from remand by Harare magistrate, Taurai Manuwere, in February this year when he ordered the State to proceed by way of summons.

Wadyajena’s two luxury cars, a Lamborghini and a BMW X6, were also held by Beitbridge authorities while they were on their way to South Africa.

In yesterday’s ruling, Justice Tawanda Chitapi, said the continued seizure of Wadyajena’s property was unlawful.

“The continued detention of Mayor Logistics property is not in terms of the law.

“We order ZACC or anyone holding the property to release it forthwith to Mayor Logistics.

“If ZACC has any other issues that are outstanding and requires any of the suspects to answer they can proceed to investigate,” ruled Justice Chitapi.

Wadyajena’s lawyer, Oliver Marwa, said:

“We applaud the court for settling the long-standing battle between them and our client.

“This is an important victory in the war that has been going on for close to two years now.

“We hope that ZACC will comply with the order of the court just like any other citizen,” said Marwa.

The State had alleged that Wadyajena and accomplices used Cottco funds towards buying haulage trucks and fuel from the USA.

Prosecutors said Wadyajena, and the parastatal’s bosses, created a local firm identical to a Mauritius-based company, which they allegedly used to get orders for Carbon Bale Ties, which were to be used by Cottco.

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