Harare City planner bail hearing in limbo

By Abel Karowangoro

Harare magistrate Ngoni Nduna suspended the bail ruling of Harare City planner Fani Machipisa who is facing allegations of parceling out stands without following due process.

Nduna states that he will be try to make time for the bail ruling to be handed end of day but was to be handed end of day but was not sure if it could happen due to his work load. If he is unable to do so, the ruling will be handed down on Monday October 12, 2020.

His lawyer Professor Lovermore Madhuku proposes to make an application to allow Machipisa time to bury his mother but Prisons officials state that an arrangement could be made to allow that.

Madhuku proposes that he be granted ZWL10 000 bail, report once every Friday at Marlborough police station resides at his given address not to interfere with State witness and that he surrenders his passport.

The State led by prosecutor Constance Ngombengombe opposed bail stating that Machipisa was a flight risk and was likely to interfere with witnesses.

The court heard that in 2018 between June 19 and 22 Machipisa allocated fictitious stands in Mabelreign with an unknown layout plan to prospective home-seekers who were not on the City Harare waiting list.