Controversial Nguwaya freed on ZWL$50,000 bail

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THE High Court has granted Drax International representative Delish Nguwaya who is facing fraud charges, ZWL$50,000 bail.

The controversial businessman had languished in remand prison for close to a month after he was denied bail by Harare magistrate, Vongai Muchuchuti in June.

Nguwaya was ordered to surrender title deeds to a property he owns and not to interfere with state witnesses.

He had been denied bail in June with Muchuchuti basing her grounds for refusal of bail on the reason that Nguwaya had a high likelihood of interfering with witnesses and absconding.

His defence, led by Tafadzwa Hungwe of Samukange and Hungwe Attorneys then set in motion a High Court appeal.

Nguwaya was the first person to be charged in the Covid-19 medical supplies scandal that shook the corridors of power.

He was accused of lying to government that his company was a medical firm in a bid to be awarded tenders for Covid-19 medical supplies to the Health Ministry using his companies Drax SAGL and Drax International.

The State alleges Nguwaya lied that Drax was based in Switzerland, but it was only a consulting company with no experience in the manufacturing of medicines.

Acting on this misrepresentation, Health Minister Obadiah Moyo authorised a US$2 million medicine supply deal through NatPharm.

Nguwaya allegedly did the same using a company Drax International and won a supply deal worth US$40 million.

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