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Former Air Zimbabwe boss set free

Former Air Zimbabwe chief executive Innocent Mavhunga was today set free after a Harare magistrate refused to grant a further remand and said the State could proceed through summons once it has put its house in order. Mavhunga was to face trial with former Air Zimbabwe secretary Grace Pfumbidzayi over an insurance scam in which they allegedly inflated the cover for the national airline. When prosecutor Valerie Ngoma told the court that investigations were not yet complete, Magistrate Hosea Mujaya refused to grant a further remand to the two. Mavhunga can, however, be brought back to court once the State has put its house in order. Pfumbidzayi is already on trial for the same insurance fraud but is charged with another former Air Zimbabwe chief executive Peter Chikumba. Pfumbidzayi argues that what she did was above board while Chikumba says his trial is political. It is meant to deny him his terminal benefits from Air Zimbabwe.

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