Zacc official seeks discharge

HARARE - Emmanuel Chimwanda, a commissioner with the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (Zacc), has lodged a notice to apply for discharge at the close of the State case.

Chimwanda is accused of contravening the Official Secrets Act and criminal abuse of office.

His lawyer Jonathan Samukange yesterday told regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya that he would submit the application by October 18.

State prosecutor Michael Reza will respond on October 25 and the ruling will be on October 31.

The State closed its case after calling seven witnesses, one of whom gave evidence on camera.

Chimwanda is alleged to have supplied dockets and information to four MDC officials — Thabani Mpofu, Warship Dumba, Felix Matsinde and Mehluli Tshuma — who have since appeared in court facing charges of impersonating the police, possessing articles for criminal use and breaching the Official Secrets Act.

He is further accused of providing the four MDC officials with information pertaining to on-going investigations about Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo’s alleged abuse of office.

Reza alleges that Chimwanda also connived with the four officials and compiled a summary of offences against Attorney-General Johannes Tomana.

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