HARARE – Former Air Zimbabwe Holdings Private Limited Group CEO Peter Chikumba has been granted bail pending appeal at the High Court.

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Justice Joseph Mafusire has granted the 60-year old Chikumba US$2 000 bail ruling that there are high prospects of success on appeal.

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He noted that he agreed with Chikumba’s lawyers that Chikumba was not a public official and there was no evidence showing that he had corruptly concealed a transaction from anyone as advanced by the state.

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He also ruled that there were no indications that Chikumba might flee from the country as there are indications that he is likely to succeed on appeal.

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Chikumba was represented by Advocate Thabani Mpofu under instruction from his lawyer Admire Rubaya.

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Meanwhile, former Air Zimbabwe Company Secretary Grace Pfumbidzayi’s lawyers have indicated that they are filing an appeal following Chikumba’s victory.

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Chikumba was jointly charged with Pfumbidzayi for abuse of office as a public officer and they were both jailed to effective 7-year terms. – zbc

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