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Trevor Hiwa appears in court, gets bail

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Former Roads Authority boss, Trevor Hiwa, Wednesday pleaded not guilty to all three charges he has been charged in connection with allegations of corruptly awarding a contract to his family business but managed to secure bail within minutes.

Chief Resident Magistrate, Violet Chipawo, ordered Hiwa to pay K400,000 cash and two sureties, who included his wife, Gertrude Hiwa, the Law Commissioner to be bonded with K500,000.

This was after Chipawo formally charged him with abuse of office after he allegedly recommended the award of a contract to Infracon Limited which was Hiwa’s company for the World Bank-funded $303, 833 contract for the design and supervision of various roads to be constructed in Central and Southern regions without the approval of internal procurement committee.

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He was also charged for his failure to declare interest, as a public officer, that Infracon was his family business.

He pleaded not guilty to all the three charges and immediately his lawyer, Gift Nankhuni, asked the court to grant Hiwa a court bail, saying he has a permanent home in the Capital City’s low residential area in Area 10.

Nankhuni also said Hiwa had left the Roads Authority, therefore, he would not be able to interfere with the graft-busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigations.

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ACB Senior Prosecutions Officer, Imran Saidi, did not object to the bail application.

However, he asked for an adjournment, saying the ACB wants to get consent for prosecution from the Director of Public Prosecutions first before commencement of the case.

Nankhuni and Saidi, therefore, agreed with the court to reconvene on July 18, 2017 for the commencement of the case.

Hiwa, however, did not sit with his fellow inmates at the court, he freely mingled with his family members and friends and sat in the public gallery just before the case started.

Donning a white shirt, dark suit and a sweater, Hiwa happily chatted with his wife, relatives and friends after spending a night at an undisclosed police station.

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