HARARE magistrate on Monday again dismissed the bail application of former Director of State Residences, Douglas Tapfuma, ruling that the accused was a flight risk, with a potential also to interfere with State witnesses.
Magistrate Hosea Mujaya also dismissed the application after looking at the gravity and nature of the offence that the accused person is facing.
“The accused person is facing a serious offence of corruption, and if the accused is released, he might interfere with State witness as he is a prominent figure in the society and hence the application of bail is refused,” Mujaya said.
Allegations against Tapfuma are that after he was promoted to the post of Principal Director by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, with the duty to monitor and evaluate activities in the Office of the President and Cabinet, the accused then corruptly used his post to purchase vehicles for his friends and colleagues without paying duty as per requirement of the law.
The matter was remanded to October 29 for trial.