Four MDC officials removed from remand

HARARE - A Harare magistrate has removed from remand four MDC officials accused of impersonating police officers, contravening the Official Secrets Act and possessing articles for criminal use. 

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.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe removed Mpofu, Matsinde, Dumba and Moyo from remand because their matter is currently pending at the Constitutional Court.

Mahwe dismissed the State’s application to have the case postponed to October 31.

“This is a matter which is partly heard and is pending before the Con-court. I don’t see any reason why accused persons should continue appearing before this court,” he said.

Allegations against Mpofu and his colleagues arose on March 17 last year 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 on cases the police and the Attorney General had failed or refused to investigate relating to 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 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 were being bankrolled by Institute of Democratic Alliance of Zimbabwe, the court heard.

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