Minutes after the state had blocked their release at the Harare magistrate’s court, state prosecutors made a spectacular U-turn on their decision to block the accused persons’ release.
Sources in the Attorney General’s office said Tomana had ordered their release.
Harare lawyer Nelson Samkange confirmed the release.“I would not know what happened but what I can tell you is that 30 minutes after we left court we were called by the prosecutors telling us that they have reconsidered their position,” said Samkange.
Harare provincial magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe had granted stringent bail measures to four of the five ZMDC top bosses but the state blocked their release.
Suspended company CEO Dominic Mubayiwa was denied bail by Guvamombe who found his liability in the matter to be more than that of his co-accused.
The ZMDC bosses who were released are company secretary John Tichaona Muhonde, Gloria Mawarire who briefly acted as CEO during Mubayiwa’s suspension, Director Ashton Sibusiso Ndlovu, and board member Mark Tsomondo who sat in the parastatal’s technical committee.
Earlier on, High Court Judge George Chiweshe had ordered the state to comply with his Saturday ruling that Core Mining and Minerals resources boss Lovemore Kurotwi should be released after police had failed to present him before a court of law within the mandatory 96
Tomana also ordered his juniors to abandon an appeal they had launched the same afternoon.
They are all being charged with fraud and criminal abuse of office.
The state claims they all connived to mislead government into granting a mining licence to Kurotwi’s company, after they had certified the company financially strong to partner the ZMDC in mining for diamonds in Marange.