Suspended Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi, who was forced to spend the weekend in detention at the notorious Hwa Hwa prison, was expected in court Monday.
Kombayi’s lawyer Reginald Chidawanyika said his client had been unfairly treated by the police, who he accused of “shifting goalposts” to ensure that he spent the weekend behind bars.
Chidawanyika said Kombayi, arrested last Thursday was only formally charged at midnight the next day after the investigating officer disappeared the whole day, claiming to be in meetings.
A magistrate told Kombayi Saturday that there was no time to hear his bail application after the police brought him to court late.
A police spokeswoman told the state media that the charges against Kombayi included forcing the Gweru City Council to pay for the private hotel expenses of Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Chidawanyika said the charges were ‘not complicated’ as they emanated from a disputed audit report conducted in July 2015.
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