Gweru – Smelly Dube, the Midlands land developer who is accused of illegally selling urban State land to the tune of US9 million has been refused bail by Magistrate Taurai Manwera during a hearing this afternoon.
It is alleged that she sold 2 169 residential stands.
Manwera remanded the River Valley Properties CEO to March 26, 2021 after concluding that she is facing serious allegations that may entail a long jail sentence.
The bail application was made by Dube’s lawyers, Advocate Lewies Uriri, MacPatrick Zinyakatira, Ngobani Sithole and Joshua Chirambwe. The State is being represented by Mirirai Shumba.
The magistrate accepted the State argument that if given bail, Dube is likely to interfere with witnesses some of whom are her employees.
She may also tamper with incriminating documents that are yet to be retrieved from her office by the Police, said the magistrate.
Dube is also considered a flight risk after failing to surrender her passport to the State. She submitted that she lost the travel document but it emerged that she never reported to the Police.
The magistrate said it was confusing that Dube says she lost her passport and yet when Police started looking for her a few days before her arrest, family members told the law enforcement agents that she was out of the country.
‘’The confusion over the lost passport makes a strong case of possible absconding,’’ said Manwera.
Dube allegedly worked in cahoots with former Minister of State for Midlands, Jaison Machaya and former Gweru District Administrator Shepherd Marweyi in committing the crimes. https://masvingomirror.com