By Augustine Hwata
HARARE- World Wide Scholarships director Munya Maraire has been granted US$100 bail after appearing before a Harare magistrate yesterday in a case in which he is facing charges of conspiracy to commit assault.
The former United States-based sprinter was arrested on Tuesday after Luxoc Athletics Club coach Silas Muringani filed charges. Maraire has been remanded out of custody until June 25 when he will appear again in court.
The former Penn State University athlete pleaded not guilty to the charges. Maraire, whose WWS franchisee entered into a partnership with bottom-placed Premiership side Blue Rangers, was picked up from his offices in Gunhill on Tuesday.
Allegations are that Maraire hired some bouncers to physically harm Muringani. Muringani is also the secretary of the Harare Provincial Athletics board and runs Luxoc, a rival of Maraire’s WWS in offering training and opportunities to local track and field athletes.
Maraire allegedly hired Macloud Kawocha to assault Muringani after the relationship between the two coaches turned sour. It is alleged that Maraire first offered US$2 000 to have Muringani “eliminated” before the offer was reduced to US$150 for assault.
But Kawocha is said to have advised Muringani of the plot and a trap was set for Maraire leading to his arrest.
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