Delish Nguwaya, an alleged Covid-19 procurement corruption mastermind might walk free after criminal proceedings against him all but collapsed on Tuesday when a court removed him from remand.

Magistrate Ngoni Nduna said prosecutors had failed to provide cogent reasons why the Drax International country representative, an associate of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s twin sons Shaun and Collins, should be further remanded to January 29 next year.

Prosecutors will now proceed by way of summons, but lawyers say cases rarely get revived after a suspect is removed from remand.

Nguwaya’s company was irregularly awarded Covid-19 supply contracts worth over US$60 million after the sacked former health minister Obadiah Moyo leaned on officials to sign off on the contracts, which the ministry of finance later admitted carried inflated prices.