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Mike Chimombe and Moses Mpofu to remain in jail

Mike Chimombe and Mpofu

Businessmen Mike Chimombe and Moses Mpofu will spend the weekend in custody as the presiding magistrate, Mrs. Marehwanazvo Gofa, is indisposed. Their bail hearing, overseen by Harare regional magistrate Mr. Stanford Mambanje, has been postponed until Monday morning.

Chimombe and Mpofu are facing fraud charges amounting to US$7 million, which allegedly involves funds intended for the Presidential Goat Scheme. The bail proceedings will resume with the defense lawyers’ cross-examination of the principal investigator from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).

During the last court session, ZACC investigator Mr. Henry Chapwanya testified that the prosecution intends to call 13 witnesses, six of whom have already provided statements. He expressed concerns that the defendants could potentially tamper with witnesses, citing their prior interactions during negotiations for the goat procurement contract.

The State’s case asserts that Mpofu and Chimombe falsified documents to secure their company’s eligibility for the tender, which they subsequently won. Prosecutor Mr. Anesu Chirenje presented multiple pieces of evidence, including a memo circulated on social media, a counterfeit NSSA clearance certificate, a fabricated compliance certificate, meeting minutes from the Ministry of Lands, and an affidavit from Mr. Chapwanya.

In other news – David And Victoria Beckham Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary

David and Victoria Beckham celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a cozy dinner at a pub. The former footballer, 49, and Spice Girls singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria, 50, tied the knot on July 4, 1999, in a lavish ceremony at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, reportedly costing nearly £1 million. However, for their silver anniversary, they opted for a more subdued affair.

According to The Sun, the couple marked the occasion at the Pelican pub in Notting Hill, London, accompanied by their family, including their 12-year-old daughter Harper. Read More

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