Former V.P Mphoko trial takes new twist

The trial of former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko which was expected to commence this Tuesday, has taken a new twist after he filed for the charges to be dropped.

There was controversy in court this Tuesday as the defense counsel of former Vice President Mphoko who facing allegations of criminal abuse of office argued for the charges to be dropped resulting in the postponement of the case to this Wednesday.

 

The court heard that the state was ready for trial on the 6th of this month when they received a letter from Mphoko’s representatives requesting for a postponement of the case.

 

The state attorney however expressed displeasure over the sudden change of position as they were served with an application early Tuesday morning for charges to be dropped.

 

Mphoko is facing allegations of criminal abuse of office for allegedly forcing the police to release two former Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) executives who had been arrested on corruption charges in 2016.

 

Also in the courts this Tuesday, suspended Chief Magistrate Mishrod Guvamombe’s bid to be furnished with a trial date was futile as the court granted the state more time to obtain judges’ diaries.

The case was postponed to the 5th of next month, pending the announcement of the trial date which the state argued can only be done when high court judges submit their diaries.

Guvamombe is facing charges of criminal abuse of office.