GOKWE-Nembudziya legislator Mayor Wadyajena arrested Tuesday on money laundering charges will spend a night at Harare Remand Prison after he was remanded in custody pending finalisation of his bail hearing Thursday.
He is jointly charged with Cotton Company (COTTCO) officials Pius Manamike, Maxmore Njanji, Fortunate Molai and Chiedza Danha, a director in Pierpont Moncroix. The offence involves laundering of money amounting to US$5million.
They were all remanded in custody.
Prosecutors challenged their bail on grounds that evidence against the suspects is overwhelming.
The investigating officer (IO) Authur Murambiza said Wadyajena and his alleged accomplices were likely to be convicted at the end of trial.
“As of this moment we have documentary exhibits which include email instructions , proof of payments and bank statements. We have also identified some trucks which we suspect are proceeds of the offence,” said the investigating officer.
The trial dragged for much of the afternoon, and by end of day, Wadyajena’s lawyers were getting desperate to ensure he would not go back to the cells. The lawyerts offered to offer transport to court officials so that the court would not adjourn and continue past 6 pm.
This was after the prosecutors indicated the case had to be pushed to Thursday as they had to rush for public transport.
However, presiding magistrate Stanford Mbanje turned down the offer saying it would not be ethical for the accused’s lawyers to offer assistance to members of the prosecution.
On that note, Mambanje ruled that the matter be rolled over to Thursday.