PM's aide steps up fight for Supreme Court referral

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s aide Thabani Mpofu on Tuesday accused Attorney General (AG) Johannes Tomana and his prosecutors of being corrupt and insisted that their case be referred to the Supreme Court bench.

Mpofu, is jointly charged with Warship Dumba, Mehluli Moyo and Felix Matsinde of being found in possession of dockets that could have been used to discredit the judicial system. 

Mpofu, who is still testifying on why their matter should be referred to the Supreme Court, said they do not want to be prosecuted by officers of the AG’s office.

He argued that if their matter was successfully ?referred to the Supreme Court, the court would find merit in hearing their case.

“They should not prosecute us,” Mpofu said. “We want an independent legal practitioner to be in charge of this case. I am confident the Supreme Court will not find our case frivolous and vexatious but will find the prosecutor’s opposition to this application frivolous and vexatious.”

Prosecutor Micheal Reza however, argued that their rights were not infringed as everything happened within the confines of the law and all procedures were observed.

“The accused persons’ rights were not infringed other than their right to freedom which is expected when a person is lawfully arrested as is in this case,” Reza said.

Their matter will continue on July 11.

Allegations against Mpofu and his colleagues arose on March 17 when detectives received information that they were in possession of dockets they were privately compiling to discredit the judicial system.

It is alleged the dockets contained information that the police and the AG had failed or refused to investigate cases of corruption involving prominent government officials among them Tomana and police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri.

A team of detectives went to Mpofu’s residence and found some of the documents, including a laptop and a pistol.

It is alleged the suspects indicated that they were legal advisors to the PM and researching on corruption and criminal abuse of office and the appointment of Chihuri.

Investigations by the police further revealed that the accused are being bankrolled by Institute of Democratic Alliance of Zimbabwe, the court heard.

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