Tsvangirai aides' trial postponed

HARARE - The trial of Morgan Tsvangirai’s aides has been postponed to September 16 due to a lengthy Supreme Court referral application.

Tabani Mpofu, Mehluli Moyo, Felix Matsinde and Warship Dumba have applied to have the case referred to the Supreme Court, but are yet to hear the verdict on the application.

The quartet is being charged with being in possession of dockets that could have been used to discredit the judicial system.

Earlier in their submissions to the court, Mpofu had accused the Attorney General and his prosecutors of being corrupt arguing that their case should be prosecuted by an independent legal practitioner.

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 Johannes 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 that 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 the Institute of Democratic Alliance of Zimbabwe, the court heard.

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