Hurungwe East MP lights up courtroom

HARARE - Drama queen is perhaps an apt description of Hurungwe East MP Sarah Mahoka following her comic antics in court which left the gallery in stitches.

Since Monday, the self-confessed illiterate Zanu PF legislator has literally lit up the usually sleepy town of Chinhoyi, which is tucked away from the fast life of Harare.

Dressed in a floral dress on Wednesday, Mahoka, who does not even know the model of her mobile phone, was the toast of the day as the Daily News followed the trial of businessman-cum-politician Temba Mliswa.

Mliswa, an aspiring Zanu PF legislator, stands accused of masterminding the assault on the legislator, who now walks with a limp.

Mahoka laced proceedings with humorous moments.

A self-confessed Grade two dropout, Mahoka has a talent that could land her a leading role in a drama series, at least according to defence lawyers.

Mahoka can give comedians a real run for their money if she just polishes the antics she displayed on Wednesday.

“Phone yangu inonzi Iphone gig 16 asi handingagoni kuinongedza. Asi vanhu vese vekuparty vanoiziva kusanganisira nevakaiba. Kunyangwe neyandiri kushandisa izvozvi handiizive.

(My phone is called Iphone gig 16. I cannot identify it but Zanu PF members know it, including the accused who stole the phone. I cannot even describe the one I am using now),” said Mahoka after she was pressed to describe her top-of-the-range mobile phone which her assailants allegedly stole.

Defence lawyer Mike Mutsvairo intimated that Mahoka must be a very strong woman, who apart from withstanding the onslaught of 12 strong men, managed to identify one of the accused persons she claimed attacked her from behind.

Mahoka was ready with an answer: “Zvipo zvinopiwa zvakasiyana siyana. Isu vamwe tinogona kuona zviri kuseri asi iwe unogona kuve usina chipo chacho. Kana iwe wega uri kutozviona kuti ndiri monya saka hapana pandaizodonha pasi (We were given different talents by God because some of us can see from any angle while you cannot do that. There is no way I could have fallen because as you can see I am a giant),” said the comic lawmaker.

On their part, the defence team took pleasure in posing questions that carried overtones of sarcasm and caricature — but the massive legislator whose frame dwarfed the small courtroom was equal to the task.
At one point, a frustrated Msindo Hungwe, one of the defence lawyers, had to advise the MP to quit politics and try her luck in acting.

After hours trying to knock answers from the obstinate MP, Msindo was convinced that lack of education was not a limit to Mahoka’s chances of making it big in acting.

“I think you should consider taking up acting as a profession because you are really good at that,” said Msindo.

It is the State’s case that Mliswa and 12 others waylaid and attacked Mahoka and her entourage on February 22 this year at Zimonja Business Centre in Hurungwe West Constituency.

They deny the charge, with Mliswa claiming Mahoka was out to damage his political reputation to prop up her proxy Dorcas Bere in the forthcoming elections.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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