Zanu PF activist seeks temporary passport release for business trip to South Africa
In a bid to travel to South Africa for business purposes, Zanu PF activist Sybeth Musengezi has filed an application for the temporary release of his passport.
Musengezi, who is involved in the construction industry, intends to visit South Africa to inspect construction resources, undergo training, and potentially purchase an excavator. However, the decision on his application has been postponed by Harare magistrate Yeukai Dzuda, with the ruling now scheduled for November 21.
Representing Musengezi, his lawyer Doug Coltart assured the court that his client would return to Zimbabwe before December 8. Highlighting the nature of Musengezi’s construction business, Coltart emphasized the need for his client to visit South Africa for essential purposes related to his trade.
On the other hand, prosecutor Dzidzai Joseph opposed the application, arguing that Musengezi posed a flight risk. Joseph contended that the accused was facing a serious offence that carried a potentially severe custodial sentence. Concerned that releasing his passport could lead to his potential absconding, the prosecutor urged the court to deny the application.
It is worth noting that Musengezi has been actively challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s assumption of the Zanu PF top position following the 2017 coup that removed the late Robert Mugabe from power. His involvement in the political landscape adds an intriguing layer to the current situation surrounding his passport request.
As the court postpones its ruling, the case raises questions about the delicate balance between an individual’s right to conduct legitimate business and the potential risk associated with their legal circumstances. The decision, when rendered on November 21, will have implications for Musengezi’s ability to pursue his business interests abroad.