A clerk of court yesterday rejected Minister of Health, Obadiah Moyo’s pile of cash, preferring electronic money as bail money.

Moyo was released on $50 000 bail by chief magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi after prosecutors gave their consent. The Standard reports that Moyo’s aides were seen carrying a heavy box full of cash to pay for the minister’s freedom. The clerk of court, however, preferred electronic payment and the box was ferried back to Moyo’s vehicle.

Government officials allegedly put pressure on police to release Moyo after his detention on Friday over the $60 million Covid-19 medical supply scandal amid fears his case will collapse due to interference.

The were alleged attempts to take Moyo out of Harare’s Rhodesville Police Station on Friday night as some unnamed government officials wanted him to spend the night at home before his court appearance yesterday.

The minister was arrested in the evening by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc), but was only booked into the cells at 2am. He only went into detention after his family brought a mattress and blankets. Moyo only slept for about five hours before he was taken to Zacc offices at around 8am.

Moyo used his official vehicles to go the Harare magistrates’ court. When he arrived at the courts, Moyo remained in his car for close to three hours before his case started after lunch.

Prosecutors immediately consented to bail on condition that he surrendered his passport, title deeds of a property in Eastlea in the name of his wife Memory Moyo as surety and that he reports at Zacc offices three times a week.