UPDATED: CAAZ Rot- Chawota freedom bid hits a snag

Suspended Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) general manager David Chawota’s bid for freedom failed after a Harare magistrate dismissed his bail application on Thursday.

The CAAZ boss was suspended by Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza on Thursday  morning with immediate effect.

The suspension was effected because he had a matter that is sub judice.

Chawota is currently languishing in remand prison after he was denied bail by a Harare Magistrate.

He is facing criminal abuse of office charges before after allegedly usurping the board powers and unilaterally awarded a US$33 million contract to a company he handpicked despite contrary advice from government.

He stands accused of signing a contract without board approval which saw CAAZ purchasing equipment worth US$33 million from a handpicked company without going to tender and the State opposed his bail.