Crime & courts

Ex-ZPC boss fails to find way to jail

NINE days after the High Court dismissed his appeal against conviction and an effective one year jail sentence, former Zimbabwe Power Company board chair Stanley Kazhanje cannot find anyone to take him to jail with the police, the courts and even prison officers saying they have no authority to shove him in a cell.

 

Kazhanje has not been able to get a warrant of committal, the written instruction required for a convict to serve a jail term.

He was convicted of failure to declare to the Zimbabwe Power Corporation, his principal, a US$10 000 personal transaction with Intratrek Zimbabwe, fronted by businessman Wicknell Chivayo.

 

That earned him a three-year jail term. The High Court threw out his appeal on June 14, which meant that he had to go to jail. But no one wanted him.

 

Kazhanje went to hand himself to the police, but they refused to take him in saying they could only act on the strength of a warrant of committal.

While the bureaucracy creaks, Kazhanje is trying to move up the appeal ladder and on Wednesday sought leave to appeal against the High Court decision at the Supreme Court. But Justice Benjamin Chikowero struck the matter off the roll, saying he was improperly before the court since by this stage he should have been in prison.

 

Kazhanje’s legal counsel explained to the judge that there was no warrant to execute, for him to go to jail hence they brought him before the court.

Herald

 

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