'Madzibaba Gathry lied he has cancer'

HARARE - A Harare court yesterday dismissed claims by self-styled Harare prophet Gathry Chiredzero (aka Madzibaba Guthry) that he was denied access to liver cancer treatment by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services after prison health experts examined him and discovered that he was free of the disease.

Madzibaba Gathry, 40, who is suspected of attempting to assassinate President Emmerson Mnangagwa, had claimed he had been diagnosed with liver cancer during a fresh bail application.

His lawyer Rumbidzayi Venge had told the court that his client was not being accorded the chance to be attended to in breach of Section 76(2) of the Constitution, which clarifies the importance of recognising every person’s right to health.

But health experts who examined him found no cancer in his body.

“A medical doctor at prison said when accused person was first put into prison, he claimed to already have been on cancer treatment,” prosecutor Michael Reza said in court yesterday.

“We then asked his family to bring documentation which shows the type of medication he was on.

“They brought a note from a general practitioner not a specialist oncologist, prompting prison specialists to conduct their own tests on accused person. The results were negative and accused person does not have cancer of the liver. Prison doctors proceeded to test for other cancers and results still came out negative.

“The x-ray forms which he showed the court the last time were actually meant to test for the cancer. He has a clean bill of health and the doctors who examined him are willing to come and testify.”

Madzibaba Gathry’s lawyer Venge insisted: “My client has been seeking medical attention and made various requests through prisons. We would seek to have the court make an appropriate order for my client to seek medical attention. The accused person’s medical rights must be ventilated.”

Venge also notified the court of intentions to apply for further refusal of further remand on the next remand date. The State’s witness Innocent Mukumbe has not been coming to court. The matter was postponed to August 21.

Chiredzero is answering to charges of possession of offensive weapons at public gathering, impersonating a public official and forgery. Reza alleged that on December 4 last year there was an inauguration ceremony at the State House for Cabinet ministers.

Chiredzero was spotted near the State House by the podium controlling movement of people masquerading as a security agent.

The court heard that it was later established Chiredzero had produced a fake CIO identity card at the security check point to gain entry into the State House.

On December 6 last year, there was a ceremony for renaming King George V1 Barracks to Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks and the programme was officiated by Mnangagwa.

The court heard that Chiredzero approached Defence Intelligence personnel manning the main gate where he identified himself and his accomplices as CIO Close Security Unit Officers.

It was alleged that Chiredzero then positioned himself near the podium where Mnangagwa was addressing the gathering and was intercepted by an alert military officer who enquired of his presence.

When his accomplices realised that he been caught, they reportedly vanished from the scene unnoticed.

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