themba mliswa and company.jpgHarare businessman, Themba Mliswa and two others, Martin Mutasa and George Marere who are facing charges of fraud involving US$1,05 million had their bid for freedom thwarted after the state revoked their bail.



Harare magistrate, Mr. Donny Ndirowei had given them $400 bail each, but the state, led by Mrs. Phyllis Zvenyika later revoked the bail under Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act.
The state said if the accused are granted bail, there is likelihood that they would interfere with witnesses.


The first accused, Mliswa, is alleged to have issued threats to the complainant as well as labeling police officers ‘corrupt’.


However the trio’s lawyer had argued that Mliswa is a bold person who speaks his mind.


The three are alleged to have defrauded a Harare man, Paul Westwood of his 50% shares of Noshio Motors Pvt Ltd, a registered car dealer company jointly owned by Westwood and Hammarskjöld Banda and his wife Brendaly.


It is the state case that the accused connived with Banda and his wife in hatching a plan to defraud Westwood of his shares and misrepresented that they had the support of the Head of State and Commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe and the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, through the indigenisation policy to take over the company.


It is further alleged that Mliswa and his accomplices threatened the complainant and barred him from entering the company premises.


Banda and his wife have already appeared before the court and are on $100 bail each.


It was on the same grounds that the magistrate had granted bail to Mliswa and his accomplices saying the law must be applied equally.


However, the state, which had indicated that there is overwhelming evidence against the trio, invoked Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act to withdraw the bail.