DRAX International representative Delish Nguwaya has been denied bail at the Harare Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Zim Morning Post can report.
Presiding magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti based her grounds for refusal on possibility that Nguwaya had a high likelihood of interfering with witnesses and absconding.
His defence, led by Tafadzwa Hungwe of Samukange and Hungwe Attorneys has already set in motion a High Court appeal.
Nguwaya initially appeared for his bail hearing late Monday afternoon and was the first person to be charged in the controversial Covid-19 medical supplies scandal that has shaken corridors of power.
State, led by Charles Muchemwa opposed bail citing that Nguwaya had previous convictions and was a flight risk since he was facing a lengthy jail term.
It, however, emerged after cross examination that Nguwaya has no previous convictions as previously stated in the charge sheet.
This was after the investigating officer failed to substantiate this claim that the State had used on grounds of the Form 242 charge sheet.
Hungwe had argued that Nguwaya has no reason to flee since he was not answering in his own capacity.
He argued that Nguwaya was not a director of Drax neither was he involved, at any stage, in the authoring of the documents that initiated the deal in question.
Meanwhile, new developments suggest that Drax had in fact been cleared despite sources from the Central Intelligence Office said it failed security checks twice.
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), however, still insists that they are keen on interviewing Nguwaya and press charges based on their findings as an independent body.