MDC officials apply for removal from remand

HARARE - Four MDC officials accused of impersonating police officers, contravening the Official Secrets Act and possessing articles for criminal use have applied to be removed from remand on the case.

Thabani Mpofu, Felix Matsinde, Warship Dumba and Mehluli Moyo were allegedly found in possession of dockets that could have been used to discredit the judicial system.

Mpofu made the submissions on behalf of their lawyer Alec Muchadehama because he had other commitments at Supreme Court.

He said their matter was taking too long to be considered at the Constitutional Court and gave reference to the case of State versus Kisimusi Dlamini of 2008 which only got to be heard by the same court recently.

Mpofu said they should not be incarcerated because they were arrested for trying to unearth corruption in the country.

“The media is full of cases of corruption and the president has come out clean on his position on such issues.

“One of the persons we investigated is currently being investigated by security agents.

“All four of us expect to be called anytime either by the president himself or security agents to submit our findings,” he said.

Prosecutor Michael Reza said he needed time to verify the application because he had not been served with notice.

“I have not been given notice of the application so I need time to verify certain things which have been said by the accused.

Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe postponed the matter to Monday for State’s response.

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

It is alleged the dockets contained information that the police and the Attorney General 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.

Prosecutor Michael Mugabe alleges 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 were being bankrolled by Institute of Democratic Alliance of Zimbabwe, the court heard.

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