'Charges meant to intimidate me'

HARARE - Prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa — accused of obstructing the course of justice — says the State brought different allegations against her in a deliberate move to pin her.

Charges against Mtetwa arose after she was arrested when she went to assist former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s chief legal adviser, Thabani Mpofu, during a police raid at his Harare home on March 17 this year.

During cross-examination of one of the state witnesses Wilfred Chibage yesterday, Mtetwa said charges against her were concocted and malicious.

“This case has been deliberately brought by the state to sway her (Mtetwa said referring to herself) and other legal practitioners from representing people such as Thabani Mpofu,” Mtetwa said.

She said after her arrest, police went on to investigate her immigration, marital and professional status.

However, Chibage said the police had nothing against her and insisted that through her actions, Mtetwa had obstructed the cops from doing their job.

He said because of Mtetwa’s actions, the police failed to recover computers that were at number 14 Bath Road Avondale, Harare. Chibage said Mtetwa delayed the police on their way to Avondale, while they were coming from Mpofu’s house.

Mtetwa maintained that she did not obstruct the police in any way. She said when she arrived at Mpofu’s house, the police had finished searching the house, but Chibage claims the process was still on.
Mtetwa said police had been informed about who and where the computers were taken to, referring to a statement by Zororai Mudariki.

In a statement, Mudariki said he had been instructed by Conrad Mwanawashe to remove the computers which were taken to Charter House and received by Ian Makone.

“The failure by police to pursue the people who removed the items at 14 Bath Road points that the state is deliberately attempting to pin a story against her,” Mtetwa said.

Chibage said he was not aware if any investigations were carried out in connection with issues raised by Mudariki.

During the police raid at Mpofu’s house, Felix Matsinde, Mehluli Tshuma and former Harare City councillor Warship Dumba were also arrested.

The four are accused of possessing articles for criminal use, impersonating the police and contravening the Official Secrets Act.

Tawanda Zvekare appeared for the state, while Mtetwa was represented by Harrison Nkomo.

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