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Undenge appeals for bail at the High Court

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FORMER Energy minister Samuel Undenge, who was jailed for two-and-a-half years last week, has approached the High Court seeking bail.

Undenge was convicted of graft charges in 2018 by Harare magistrate Hosea Mujaya but then made an appeal at the High Court.

The appeal was dismissed recently by senior regional magistrate Trynos Utahwashe last Friday who re-activated his jail term.

Undenge is accused of favouring former Zanu PF member of parliament, Psychology Maziwisa and former ZBC news anchor, Oscar Pambuka who own Fruitful Communications with a consultancy deal which prejudiced the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) $12 000.

The incarcerated Undenge still claims that he is innocent and the court should consider dealing with Maziwisa and Pambuka rather than him.

“The letter that applicant (Undenge) signed was motivated by Mazivisa, Pambuka and Fruitful Communications who were committing fraud.  The appeal court acknowledged this fact. This therefore completely destroyed the Applicant’s guilty state of mind as he was himself being conned and was a victim of crime.

“In regard to sentence, the Court erred in ignoring that a staggering four years’ imprisonment imposed on Applicant was for merely signing a letter that was dictated to him,” reads the application.

He added that he benefited nothing as the prejudice was a measly $12 650 and for the court to uphold his conviction in the circumstances it will be a serious travesty of justice.

In his application, Undenge has offered to deposit $10 000 and to report once every on Fridays at Borrowdale Police Station.

He has promised to continue to residing at his house in Glen Lorne, offer his title deeds and passport to the Clerk of Court if granted the bail.

The matter is yet to be heard.

 

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