Zanu PF Nyanga North legislator, Hubert Nyanhongo who was arrested last Monday on charges of possession of a pangolin and attempting to sell the endangered species, has been granted a US$200 bail by the High Court.
Justice Nyaradzo Munangati Manongwa also ordered Nyanhongo to reside at Ranhan Plot, Dzivarasekwa, Harare until finalisation of the matter, report once every Friday at Dzivarasekwa Police Station between the 6.am and 6.pm, surrender his passport to the Clerk of Court in Chipinge where he was placed in custody following his arrest and not to interfere with witnesses.
Nyanhongo is jointly charged with Samuel Samson (42), Misheck Satuku (42) and Positive Mutenda (29) and had been remanded in custody to the 20th of April when they appeared before Chipinge magistrate, Mr Noah Gwatidzo facing charges of violating the Parks and Wildlife Act by dealing in specially protected animals after the recovery of the pangolin in Nyanhongo’s vehicle.
The state alleges that on the 1st of April, one Samuel Gona, a Save Conservancy worker and Samson, who is employed as Nyanhongo’s driver were to meet in Birchnough Bridge to exchange the pangolin for US$5000 when they were intercepted by parks officials before the transaction.
Meanwhile, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor, Dr John Mangudya has filed a chamber application seeking an order for the dismissal of a High Court application lodged by Mfundo Mlilo who was challenging the legality of introducing bond notes into the economy.
Dr Mangudya argued that since filing his notice of opposition against Mlilo’s application in February, the later failed to file answering papers or set down his matter.
He argued that the matter should be dismissed in terms of rule 263(3) (b) of the High Court rules.