Mtetwa, PM staffers await trial dates

HARARE - Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa and four staffers from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office arrested in March are yet to be furnished with trial dates, with the State yesterday saying it needs more time.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira told the court that the State was still perusing the dockets in order to make a comprehensive argument during trial.

Magistrate Don Ndirowei postponed Thabani Mpofu, Warship Dumba, Mehluli Moyo and Felix Matsinde’s case to today, while Mtetwa’s date is set to be furnished to the court on April 8.

Mtetwa was arrested in March on charges of obstructing the course of justice after she allegedly told police officers to stop rummaging through Mpofu’s home without a search warrant.

The State alleges that she was acting in a violent and disorderly manner when she told police officers at Mpofu’s home: “Stop whatever you are doing. It is unconstitutional, illegal and undemocratic.”

Mtetwa is also alleged to have threatened to send pictures and video footage of the search to the international community.

Mpofu, Dumba, Moyo and Matsinde are being charged with contravening the Official Secrets Act, impersonating a police officer and being in possession of articles for criminal use.

It is the State’s case that in March this year police received information that the quartet from the Prime Minister’s office was in possession of dossiers linking top government officials to corrupt activities. - Helen Kadirire

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