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Robert Mugabe dragged to court

By Mugove Tafirenyika

Former president Robert Mugabe will be called in to testify in a high-profile case in which former Tourism minister Walter Mzembi is facing corruption charges, the Daily News can report.

President Robert Mugabe (Picture by AP)
Former President Robert Mugabe (Picture by AP)

Mzembi’s legal team is making a court application to subpoena the 93-year-old former head of State to give evidence along with his former deputy, Joice Mujuru, and ex-Finance minister, Tendai Biti after the Office of the President and Cabinet refused to release documents they wanted to use in their defence.

Mzembi was arrested last Friday by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission along with former Energy and Power Development minister Samuel Undenge on charges of criminal abuse of office.

They are both out on bail.

Charges against Mzembi are that sometime in 2010, the ministry of Tourism and Hospitality initiated a motion to acquire LED Public Viewing Area televisions for the public countrywide in its bid to introduce Fan Parks for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The Stare alleges that in its bid to import the television screens, Mzembi’s ministry applied and obtained funds from Treasury, under Biti at the time, for the purchase of 40 screens amounting to $2 million.

The court heard on Saturday that the money was deposited into Shanghai Linso Digital Technology Company’s account in China, as payment for the equipment.

Forty television screens were duly delivered and received by the ministry of Tourism and entered into its asset register.

According to the charge sheet, Mzembi then criminally abused his office by intentionally and unlawfully disposing State assets namely 16 PVA television screens by means of donating, loaning or hiring them to various institutions and church organisations without approval from the ministry of Finance.

The TV sets were donated to Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church and Walter Magaya’s Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries.

“The PVA screens are still being possessed by the various institutions and church organisations and are valued at $800 000. Government assets are not loaned to private parties. They are not donated, hired or transferred to other entities without authority from Treasury,” reads part of Mzembi’s charge sheet.

In his defence, Mzembi who was ordered by Harare magistrate Elisha Singano to pay $400 bail, surrender his passport to the clerk of court, report every Friday at Borrowdale Police Station, not to interfere with witnesses and to reside at his given address, is arguing that his conduct was above board, since his actions were in compliance with a Cabinet resolution.

Through his lawyer, Job Sikhala of Koto and Company Legal Practitioners, Mzembi who will make his second court appearance on January 22 intends to subpoena Mugabe, Mujuru and Biti to prove to the courts that his hands are clean.

Sikhala told the Daily News on Monday that they have been forced to call in Mugabe as a witness after the State refused to release Cabinet minutes to that effect.

“They are refusing to declassify cabinet minutes that gave him that directive to implement religious tourism at the material time,” said Sikhala.

“We are not going to stop until we get the truth so we are going to subpoena the former chairperson of cabinet at the material time who is former president Robert Mugabe to come and appear in court to tell us about the Cabinet resolutions regarding the policy of promoting religious tourism,” he added.

Online dictionary, Wikipedia defines a subpoena or witness summons as a writ issued by a government agency, most often a court, to compel testimony by a witness or production of evidence under a penalty for failure.

There are two common types of subpoena namely subpoena ad testificandum and subpoena duces tecum.

The former refers to an order given to a person to testify before the ordering authority or face punishment. The subpoena can also request the testimony to be given by phone or in person.

The latter orders a person or organisation to bring physical evidence before the ordering authority or face punishment. This is often used for requests to mail copies of documents to the requesting party or directly to court.

Mugabe was forced to resign as president in November last year following a military intervention code-named Operation Restore Legacy that targeted “criminals” around the former head of State.

At the material time, Mugabe chaired Cabinet meetings and had oversight over ministerial committees.

Mujuru is being subpoenaed in her previous capacity as chair of the inter-ministerial taskforce set up by Mugabe to drive the policy of religious tourism.

Biti is seen helping Mzembi in his defence since he was in charge of the finance portfolio.

Mugabe, Mujuru, Mzembi and Biti were part of a cabinet that served during the era of the inclusive government between 2009 and 2013.

Following the liquidation of the coalition government, Biti bowed out of government after his party, the MDC, was trounced in elections by Zanu PF.

Mujuru was forced out of Zanu PF and government in 2014 owing to ugly succession fights that were triggered by Mugabe’s wife, Grace.

Interestingly, Grace was also fired from Zanu PF in November last year, along with Mzembi, although he is still to be recalled from the National Assembly.

On Monday, Sikhala insisted that his client was clean, arguing that he was being persecuted on political grounds.

“We are also going to make an application in court to also make sure Mujuru is summoned to give evidence to say what the cabinet resolution on that was.

“We are also going to make an application to subpoena the former minister…. Biti to come and testify on what the resolution said about what should have happened to the TV sets.

“So it is an obligation of every Zimbabwe on the corner of justice regardless of our political differences.

“This is matter of political persecution and as a victim of political persecution myself I know how painful it is. Besides, Mzembi is my uncle and I also have a moral obligation to help him when he is in need,” he said. DailyNews

  • 😩

  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa kkkkk live this guy out, he should rest.

  • Pliz tisiirei mdara wedu azorore kumba kwake,haachaziva kuti chinonzi ku testify kuita sei makutomunetsa

  • Thus welcome move

  • Just leave this man guys…….

  • Can’t you see the oldman is almost

  • Asi chii nhai

  • Veduwee, syai mdhara azorore amana

  • Asante sana

  • Iiiiiiih vaMugabe shld rest pliz . Musavanetsa kni veduwe

  • Mr Mugabe gave us independence and land also Education its best to let & him enjoy his retirement as a former States Man, l hope this is very helpful and well.

    • Bob gave us poverty kkk

    • Which Independence dude, which education??? Kkkkk Mugabe took a no,5 in Africa biggest GDP and left us at no.3 poorest in Africa. And no. 7on corruption.

    • Which Independence dude, which education??? Kkkkk Mugabe took a no,5 in Africa biggest GDP and left us at no.3 poorest in Africa. And no. 7on corruption.

    • Which Independence dude, which education??? Kkkkk Mugabe took a no,5 in Africa biggest GDP and left us at no.3 poorest in Africa. And no. 7on corruption.

    • Putseke mani usada kutibhowa iwe nxaa

    • Putseke mani usada kutibhowa iwe nxaa

    • Putseke mani usada kutibhowa iwe nxaa

    • ngachiende ku court icho rubbish

    • ngachiende ku court icho rubbish

    • ngachiende ku court icho rubbish

    • Mugabe was merciless during his tym, so he shld face the same fate

    • Mugabe was merciless during his tym, so he shld face the same fate

    • Mugabe was merciless during his tym, so he shld face the same fate

    • he must go gokofo

    • he must go gokofo

    • he must go gokofo

    • For u own information zimbabwe is 17 years behind in terms of development etc all because of him we don’t have good hospitals look at South Africa man stop dreaming

    • For u own information zimbabwe is 17 years behind in terms of development etc all because of him we don’t have good hospitals look at South Africa man stop dreaming

    • You are brainwashed, Mugabe did more harm than good to Zimbabwe, he killed people and also killed the economy

    • You are brainwashed, Mugabe did more harm than good to Zimbabwe, he killed people and also killed the economy

    • Which education did Mugabe give you?? Are you a holder of a fake degree like Grace??

    • A lot of Galant son’s and daughters died for our independents not mugabe stop this shit bootlicking of a useless spent exhausted idea. Mugabe is no hero at all

    • Mugabe was not even involved in war he does not even know how to hold the gun he was only good at using people

    • Remember statement remdara uyu achiti “chematama chakadashurwa haa vakatamba nacho vakomana…” ngaambonoonawo ndondo kkkk

    • U crazy,..WC education au toking about?

    • Education?It’s a myth the way we were being abused by amai stop it doesn’t show education

  • Like he can even remember.

  • Mazimba mune dambudziko itsitsi here

  • Mazimba mune dambudziko itsitsi here

  • Mazimba mune dambudziko itsitsi here

  • Guys pls this hero. No one is perfect in life.

  • Guys pls this hero. No one is perfect in life.

  • Guys pls this hero. No one is perfect in life.

  • No

  • No

  • No

  • Waste of tyme he never never ever go their

  • Waste of tyme he never never ever go their

  • Waste of tyme he never never ever go their

  • Wen Mgabe was president we said this man must rest but yu said he is fit as a fiddle up to 100 stl ruling. Now that he is called to testify in court yu say he must rest. Pliz Mr Strongman come and testify

  • Wen Mgabe was president we said this man must rest but yu said he is fit as a fiddle up to 100 stl ruling. Now that he is called to testify in court yu say he must rest. Pliz Mr Strongman come and testify

  • Wen Mgabe was president we said this man must rest but yu said he is fit as a fiddle up to 100 stl ruling. Now that he is called to testify in court yu say he must rest. Pliz Mr Strongman come and testify

  • Mugabe will be like… ndianiko anonzi Mzembi…

  • Mugabe will be like… ndianiko anonzi Mzembi…

  • Mugabe will be like… ndianiko anonzi Mzembi…

  • Aaa so muchanotongwa nekutambudza vakaunyana please kkk

  • Aaa so muchanotongwa nekutambudza vakaunyana please kkk

  • Aaa so muchanotongwa nekutambudza vakaunyana please kkk

  • Mugabe akauya kuCourt ikoko ndinodya chura chimbishi ini. Nada pachiputukezi

  • Mugabe akauya kuCourt ikoko ndinodya chura chimbishi ini. Nada pachiputukezi

  • Mugabe akauya kuCourt ikoko ndinodya chura chimbishi ini. Nada pachiputukezi

  • Why would u do tht

  • Why would u do tht

  • Why would u do tht

  • Guys a 93 year old on the witness stand?Have mercy i beg.

  • Guys a 93 year old on the witness stand?Have mercy i beg.

  • Guys a 93 year old on the witness stand?Have mercy i beg.

  • For the why…pls tisiireiwo mdara vedu

  • For the why…pls tisiireiwo mdara vedu

  • For the why…pls tisiireiwo mdara vedu

  • “Ndrikunzwa masimba ekupinda mzana , kuita senge munhu uya arikumhanya race /reddim kkk

  • “Ndrikunzwa masimba ekupinda mzana , kuita senge munhu uya arikumhanya race /reddim kkk

  • “Ndrikunzwa masimba ekupinda mzana , kuita senge munhu uya arikumhanya race /reddim kkk

  • Leave him alone to rest please.

  • Leave him alone to rest please.

  • Leave him alone to rest please.

  • They should lock this donkey up and do unto it what it did to many Zimbabweans.

  • They should lock this donkey up and do unto it what it did to many Zimbabweans.

  • They should lock this donkey up and do unto it what it did to many Zimbabweans.

  • oh! what a heading ‘Robert Mugabe dragged to court.’ some kindaf marketing huh?

    these factional wars, why don’t you let this man that the world ‘love-to-hate’ take some rest? anyway there is nothing amess being called to testify. i can’t imagine how much i have fallen in love with him since his days out of office. i will dearly miss him.

    long live mr president!

  • oh! what a heading ‘Robert Mugabe dragged to court.’ some kindaf marketing huh?

    these factional wars, why don’t you let this man that the world ‘love-to-hate’ take some rest? anyway there is nothing amess being called to testify. i can’t imagine how much i have fallen in love with him since his days out of office. i will dearly miss him.

    long live mr president!

  • oh! what a heading ‘Robert Mugabe dragged to court.’ some kindaf marketing huh?

    these factional wars, why don’t you let this man that the world ‘love-to-hate’ take some rest? anyway there is nothing amess being called to testify. i can’t imagine how much i have fallen in love with him since his days out of office. i will dearly miss him.

    long live mr president!

  • Inzwai tsitsi muve nevakiridzo

  • Inzwai tsitsi muve nevakiridzo

  • Inzwai tsitsi muve nevakiridzo

  • Am sure he won’t bother

  • Am sure he won’t bother

  • Am sure he won’t bother

  • All former zanu stalwarts must investigated and sentenced according to the law.

  • All former zanu stalwarts must investigated and sentenced according to the law.

  • All former zanu stalwarts must investigated and sentenced according to the law.

  • Army yakat he is safe, anojamuka kuuya kucourt

  • Army yakat he is safe, anojamuka kuuya kucourt

  • Army yakat he is safe, anojamuka kuuya kucourt

  • Bulshit

  • Bulshit

  • Bulshit

  • Hope it’s not going to be a Pandora s box or a can of worms

  • Hope it’s not going to be a Pandora s box or a can of worms

  • Hope it’s not going to be a Pandora s box or a can of worms

  • But guys ……leave that madala alone…

  • Kkkkkkkkk so people you are saying Mzembi should rot in jail for a crime perpetrated by Mugabe. As long as he can open his mouth he should be summoned to law courts.

  • Mugabe is godfather of corruption must investigated too.

  • Haaaaaaaaaaaa zvinhu zvochinja guys…….i never thought I would hear this statement, “former president Robert Mugabe”. Hey, what a time to be alive 🤔🤔🤔

  • West Chimbiti, hona zvavakuitika

  • Grace said mgabe is fit to rule. So he is still fit even in a wheelchair he can also testify

  • Kana munhu akarester anenge akasunga tie here kana kupfeka suit so long achiri akapfeka suit hasati arester

  • ngavavharirwe vese

  • Good one.

  • Kkkkkk siyai mudhara arare uyu amana

  • Siyanai nemudhara uyu plzz let him rest and enjoy his money

  • Chiaingaperi chinoshura, musoro wegudo wasanduka chinokoro.

    • Hapana nyaya apa Mkanya. Haatomboendiko kuCourt. His age and health will help him

  • Ngaende kuna Gumbura

  • Let him do what people said him to do his time it’s over he must obey what we need

  • Leave the ageing former President alone

  • Why du these goons want to keep annoying us abt Bob siyai mdara uyo let mzembi alone face the music its unafrican sveronetsa bob uyo at his age

  • Mmmmm musadaro

  • no no will u kindly gv him respect

  • I bet mugabe will refuse to go to court…..and am sure of that

  • They must respect the mkulu , leavehim in peace kwete mahumbwe aya shame on u

  • Haar let the old man ..rest .akomana

  • Mugabe is the Chief Chancellor of Corruption, he gave all his zanu PF cronies a green light 💡 to engage in whatever corrupt activity they deemed necessary. I feel pity for my beloved country Zimbabwe. In this era of modern day governance frameworks we still have these zanu politicians stealing from us and taking Zimbabweans for granted. Zanu PF and all its sympathisers should be discarded from power and it should never ever be seen anywhere near the dustbins of politics

  • Mugabe is the Chief Chancellor of Corruption, he gave all his zanu PF cronies a green light 💡 to engage in whatever corrupt activity they deemed necessary. I feel pity for my beloved country Zimbabwe. In this era of modern day governance frameworks we still have these zanu politicians stealing from us and taking Zimbabweans for granted. Zanu PF and all its sympathisers should be discarded from power and it should never ever be seen anywhere near the dustbins of politics

  • Batayi munhu

  • Destroyer in chief dragged a promising nation into the mud.

  • Court must go to his home. Respect elders

  • Siyai Elder vazorore maivepi zvichiitika

  • To me Mr Mgabe is steal my president i cant change now while 37 had been for us ;;;;;;;;;;;;so once whenever i meet some source like this truly i get bored,thank you

  • haibo let the old man rest

  • Editon L. Mulera

    • Waste of time…can this guy even recognize his left from right hand? Alittle too late if you ask me.

  • Eeeish I thought Mugabe would go along way as Zimbabwe leader but alas my God can change things the untouchable turns to be touchable now! He has put many people to stand in court today its his time to stand in court of law the world isn’t flat but its round

  • Let the oldman rest.

  • Factional battles… Oh Lord, they have to let this man to rest and enyoy his retirement. He has dine a lot for us….

  • dai vangomusiya akura munhu uyu, akudawo kuzorora

  • Long live Gushungo munogona makagona mucharamba muchigona

  • Zvimwe chisiirai mwari pliz ndibaba vedu avo kutadza kuripa vanhu vakura siya vazorore

  • Start with the

    Start to investigate 150 billion dollars diamond ♦ revenue

  • Vharirai Muzembi mujeri siyai Mudhara azorore nxaaa

  • Ko Mudhara adii?

  • Mhosva hairove hazvina,basa,kuti ka kwegura

  • He’s old, he must claim to not even remember anything took place under his reign. . .just like PW Botha avoided appearing before TRC claiming he’s too old to can remember even a single thing under his own rule..

  • 40 TVs at the cost of $2 000 000 meaning $50 000 per TV!!!!! Jesus Lord should come and take these people now Amen.

  • Sungai vatano mudhara akwegurahachisina mazuva akawanda panyika

  • It’s shame does he even recall the cabinet set up let him narrate Chimoi stories to grandkids.

  • Mambo havatongwe asi makanganwa

  • Leave this old man alone, please let him rest.

  • Ah hameno but only god is the judge.! I think

  • Testify???

  • Testify???

  • Mmmmh let the old man rest please

  • Leave Mugabe alone please

  • Aaaaahhh kkkkk whaaaattttt???? I never thot i wld live to see such an exciting zimbabwe kkkkk

  • Nyangwe akatadza seyi his age needs a rest

  • Kkkkk k haasati

  • Thieves and robbers not happy

  • Kutestify chiiko mhandi zvimwe atokanganwa so ..akura mudhara uyu musiyeyi akadero

  • Please I need y’all help in here cos I want to start a cooking show in two weeks but I will be in need of kitchen but all search for one isn’t yielding. Please DM if you can help. I stay in Lagos Thanks

  • Mugabe Mujuru Mzembi Biti whatever they agreed to abuse state property is BAD they all must be charged. If people in public offices see the untouchables being dargged to court and eventually serving their prison terms after conviction it will deter would be corrupt leaders.

  • Sikala is really a louse lawyer, if he is a qualified one at all