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State Smuggles Invented Charges Against Beatrice Mtetwa

Published: April 9, 2013

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Zimbabwe state prosecutors have smuggled in several fresh charges against fiery human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa whom they have previously found hard to pin down with their state case. The early charges were that she had allegedly attempted to obstruct justice while acting for her clients who belong to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party.

The new developments have seen a cluster of new foreign words and phrases which never existed before being drafted against Mtetwa who barely a few days ago was yet described by a High Court judge, Joseph Musakwa as a professional lawyer with no record of wrongdoing and one the police officers accusing her could have actually easily managed.

In a case that might end up embarrassing the Attorney General and the police force, papers drawn against Mtetwa were on Friday forwarded containing claims that she insulted the head of state, an offence which on its own attracts a six month jail term. The submitted papers read claiming that Mtetwa uttered the following: “ Stop whatever you are doing, it’s unconstitutional, illegal and undemocratic. You confused cockroaches” as well as “Murimbwa dzaMugabe” which prosecutors have translated to mean “You are Mugabe’s dogs”.

But in the original submissions, Mtetwa had been recorded as having only stated: “Stop whatever you are doing, it’s unconstitutional, illegal and undemocratic”.

The papers come after more than two weeks during which officers who arrested Mtetwa failed to write or submit their personal statements pertaining to the incident. No explanation was given for the long delays. Furthermore the very statements have still not been submitted to date in the original form that the charges were laid.

New prosecutor.
There was more drama on Monday when it was announced that there is now a new prosecutor on the case. Mr. Tawanda Zvekare, the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions in the AG’s Office has since Monday taken the lead prosecuting role and will be assisted by Michael Mugabe, the chief law officer, as a duo of trial prosecutors.

 

Witnesses

The ZLHR(Zimbabwe Lawyers For Human Rights) has revealed that the State has since lined up nine witnesses to testify against Mtetwa and these include Chief Superintendent Luckson Mukazhi, Detective Assistant Inspector Wilfred Chibage, Detective Constable Ngatirwe Mamiza, Detective Sergeant Taizivei Tembo, Assistant Inspector Thabani Nkomo, Chido Chawanikwa, a police officer, Stembiwe Vera, a caretaker at Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s research and development office, Brian Mutusva, a computer technician in the PM’s Office and a driver, Zororai Mudariki.

Mtetwa was arrested on 17 March 2013 and charged with contravening Section 184 (1) (g) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act for allegedly defeating or obstructing the course of justice.


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12 Comments on "State Smuggles Invented Charges Against Beatrice Mtetwa"

  1. Jumpdaki on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 8:08 am 

    Nxha! Stop the circus and let the lady. Why try to frame her. Now I understand she did not commit any offence. Look for Greyhole and put him behind bars and then release him after 2years and tell him you are so, so sorry. As long as you say that in good english the idiot will be happy to go home without a scene. Now this ZPF and MDC-T government must leave Beatrice alone. Gutu is this the MDC-T type of justice?

  2. Greyhora on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 8:14 am 

    Why add fresh charges after the effect? They are indeed acting like Mugay’s dogs, while others around him act like his wives. As usual, the case will peter out, the police will have an egg on their face and life will continue, but they will have disrupted and distracted the good lawyer from her good work for good people. Is this the type of good governance and equality that the likes of JZero refer to?

  3. Festus on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 8:16 am 

    kikikiki, Jumpdaki you make my day!

  4. Chando Kupisa on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 8:21 am 

    We are doing exactly what Ian Smith used to do to our revolutionaries. As long as a person is deemed MDC T it should be arrest and investigate later. This way zanu pf might win the coming elections.

  5. Greyhora on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 8:28 am 

    Jumpdonkey, for the first time you wrote some sense in your first three sentences above. You could have just stopped there, but then you spoil it by subsequently resorting to your usual donkey brays, which nobody can relate to! Confused idiot!

  6. La Liga on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 8:33 am 

    In a country where a president declares himself a winner in a one man election such actions appear to make sense and easily tolerated. ‘In a case that might end up
    embarrassing the Attorney
    General and the police force,
    papers drawn against Mtetwa
    were on Friday forwarded
    containing claims that she
    insulted the head of state, an
    offence which on its own attracts
    a six month jail term. The
    submitted papers read claiming
    that Mtetwa uttered the
    following: “ Stop whatever you
    are doing, it’s unconstitutional,
    illegal and undemocratic. You
    confused *********es” as well as
    “Murimbwa dzaMugabe” which
    prosecutors have translated to
    mean “You are Mugabe’s dogs”.
    Who on earth would ever think that the Attorney General could be embarrassed.

  7. Ndetshu on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 9:07 am 

    A Hurungwe man was last week arraigned before a Karoi magistrate for allegedly raping his 65-year-old grandmother several times during the just ended Easter holiday.

    Magistrate Mrs Nyaradzo Ringisayi advised Fidelis Chihaka from Nyahonde village under Chief Mujinga, Hurungwe to apply for bail at the High Court before she remanded him to April 16.

    The court heard that on March 31 this year, Chihaka who stayed with his maternal granny came home late from the beerhall before he knocked at the kitchen hut where the woman was sleeping.

    It is alleged the grandmother who had refused to open the door on account of unavailability of matches only complied after Chihaka – who claimed to have some matches – indicated that he was hungry and wanted to prepare himself some food.

    Upon opening the door, Chihaka went for his unsuspecting granny whom he raped four times after locking the door from inside.

    As he raped the old woman, it is also alleged Chihaka would rest sitting on top of the old woman and pinning her hands to the ground to prevent her from breaking free.

    Despite the granny repeatedly imploring him to release her so she could relieve herself outside the hut, Chihaka would have none of it and instead ordered her to urinate in one of the buckets in the hut until he raped her four times.

    Chihaka was arrested the following day after his granny took the matter to the village head.

    Chihaka had since 2011 been on the police wanted list for cases he committed in the Tengwe area that year.

    The cases include escaping from Tengwe Police Charge office, unlawful entry, assault and theft of a bicycle at Tengwe police station.

    Mr Webster Dimingo prosecuted.

  8. CHANDO KUPISA on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 10:26 am 

    [Pamata pambuya vako iwe *****iii reMDC,stop abusing my name and coming to the nyaya if she has a case to answer then she must face the music,that is the rule of law which these idiots have been fighting for.

  9. La Liga on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 11:45 am 

    @Chando Kupisika what is happening to Beatrice is not what we term the rule of law. Infact it is the abuse of the rule of law. In any case to say someone is Mugabe’s dog is not a criminal offence. Bandit Chando you are aware that you are a four squared Mugabe’s dog. imbwa imbwa basi.

  10. Bla Miki on Tue, 9th Apr 2013 12:18 pm 

    Gochai zvigunwe zvembwa iyi varume. Kamamisei, rovai kadhefe kake zvifambe. Stupid Mtethwa, La Ligay and Gaygodzva

  11. Steel Wire on Wed, 10th Apr 2013 12:55 pm 

    Bla Miki, stop displaying your egnorance on this blog. You are ALWAYS writing nonsense, but why. Don,t you see that Beatrice is innocent? Stuppid!!!

  12. Jumpdaki on Thu, 11th Apr 2013 1:22 pm 

    Chikaka is Greyhole Ndetshu.

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