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Mutsvangwa's son to spend more time in remand prison

by Staff reporter
28 May 2024 at 09:51hrs | Views
High Court judge Justice Esther Muremba has opted to recuse herself from Neville Mutsvangwa's bail hearing, citing personal reasons for her decision.

Neville is the son of Women Affairs Minister Monica and Zanu-PF National Spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa. He was recently arrested on charges of allegedly violating the Exchange Control Act and is also facing a separate charge under the Postal and Telecommunications Act for purportedly possessing StarLink equipment.

Justice Muremba has referred the case record to the Registrar of the High Court for the appointment of another judge.

The ruling on Neville's bail, initially scheduled for the previous Friday, was postponed due to reported internet connectivity issues, marking the second delay in the matter within five days.

Earlier, Neville, along with Simbarashe Tichingana and Ellis Majachani, was denied bail by Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi. The State alleges that between January 1, 2019, and May 8, 2024, the trio unlawfully operated Mumba Money Transfer Services without a license, contravening the Bank Use Promotion and Suppression of Money Laundering Act and the Exchange Control Act. They purportedly advertised their services online, directing clients to their Harare offices.

The trio allegedly conducted illegal transactions using a combination of electronic funds transfers and physical cash exchanges, leveraging foreign bank accounts to conceal their activities. During police investigations, various items, including smartphones, SIM cards, computers, a point-of-sale machine, debit cards (including foreign-issued Visa cards), money counters, a transaction register, and US$3,890 in cash, were reportedly seized.


Source - newsday