Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume granted bail by the High Court.

Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume granted bail by the High Court.

Harare Mayor Jacob Mafume who has been on remand since 11 December 2020 for allegedly trying to bribe a witness in his court case has been granted bail this morning.

Mafume appeared before High Court judge Justice Benjamin Chikowero on allegations of attempting to bribe a key witness in another pending matter for which he had been granted bail.

Harare mayor Jacob Mafume has been granted ZW$40 000 bail by the High Court.

Mafume was reportedly given the following conditions by the court:

1. Deposit ZWL 40, 000.
2. Report to police every Friday.
3. Reside at his registered home.
4. Not to interfere with witnesses.

Mafume spent weeks behind bars after the state alleged that he violated his bail conditions and contacted Edgar Dzehonye, a key witness in the matter, through a WhatsApp voice call, requesting to meet him and discuss his criminal case which was before the courts.

Mafume had been released on $30 000 bail at the High Court for illegally parcelling out land, a few days before he was arrested on fresh charges of obstructing or defeating the course of justice.

Mafume who was reportedly ill and in need of medical attention while in prison was also suspended by Local Government Minister July Moyo together with his Deputy Luckson Mukunguma on 28 December 2020.