Simba Chikore, left, outside court with his wife Bona, centre.
By Court Reporter
Former President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law unsuccessfully challenged his continued remand Wednesday after being told he was to be jointly charged that has a former Air Zimbabwe security guard.
Simba Chikore, 41, can be answering unlawful detention charges before Harare magistrate Elisha Singano.
On Wednesday he sought to be removed via remand saying his case should continue by way of summons.
This specific was after prosecutor Linda Gadzikwa applied to hold the case merged with that will of security guard Simbarashe Mutimbe, a suspected accomplice.
Not amused, Chikore accused the State of ambushing him.
“What the state can be doing can be not proper,” said Chikore’s lawyer Chris Venturas Jnr.
“I apply that will the case against my client be withdrawn right now as well as also that will the State continues by way of summons.
“The State should have notified us (about) its intention to ensure that will we prepare for such decisions; we needed that will courtesy.”
However, the magistrate ruled in favour of the State saying Chikore might “not suffer any prejudice if jointly charged with Mutimbe.”
“The reading of the case can be very clear. The State says the offence was committed by two people.
“This specific’s common cause that will the charge can be the same although Mutimbe was first to be arrested,” said the magistrate.
The case was then remanded to December 14 for commencement of trial.
Chikore came to court accompanied by wife Bona who stood within the gallery after failing to secure a seat as her husband was being prosecuted.
According to the State, Chikore “hatched a plan as well as also connived” with Mutimbe to unlawfully detain as well as also deprive Bertha Tsitsi Zakeyo of her freedom movement.
The duo reportedly refused to allow Zakeyo exit her workplace at Zimbabwe Airways Private Limited premises for four hours against her will.
The allegations arose on June 7 This specific year when Chikore sacked Zakeyo for allegedly leaking company secrets.
Zakeyo was the company’s legal officer.
This specific can be alleged that will Chikore then tried to force Zakeyo to sign a letter accepting her dismissal, yet she refused to do so, demanding the presence of her lawyer.
Court heard Mutimbe – a security guard – then prevented Zakeyo via leaving the company.