court.jpgHarare Acting Provincial Magistrate, Mr. Munamato Mutevedzi has given US$2 000 bail each to two Africom bosses, Simba Mangwende and Farai Rwodzi and granted Oliver Chiku their co-accused a US$700 bail.

The three are facing charges of espionage and breaching some sections of the post and telecommunications regulations.

Following a one day long bail application by the defence council and submissions by the State who were opposed to the granting of bail saying the case is of national security, Harare provincial magistrate, Mr. Munamato Mutevedzi ruled that the accused be freed on bail saying the State did not substantiate their claims that the accused may interfere with witnesses.

Mr. Mutevedzi indicated that the State should address the issue of espionage which he said can only be relevant if there is a proclamation by the government that the United States, Canada and Afghanistan are hostile to Zimbabwe.

The argument was brought in by Advocate Lewis Uriri who challenged the charges of espionage during the bail application hearing.

However, following submissions by both parties, Magistrate Mutevedzi ruled that the accused be freed on bail.

The three accused were ordered to reside at their given addresses and surrender their travelling documents.

The accused persons, Simba Mangwende who is the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Farai Rwodzi a non-executive director for Africom together with their alleged accomplice Oliver Chiku are alleged to have installed equipment on Africom systems which they used to pass State secrets obtained from government ministries to such countries as the United States, Canada and Afghanistan.