David Parirenyatwa case deferred further
The controversial trial of former health minister David Parirenyatwa failed to kick off once again as the trial magistrate failed to turn up due to ill health.
Parirenyatwa appeared before Harare regional magistrate Stanford Mambanje, who dismissed his application for removal from remand, ruling that it doesn’t make sense to remove him from remand as there is hope and belief that trial will resume once the trial magistrate Elijah Makomo recovers.
On behalf of the state, Brian Vito opposed the application, arguing that Makomo hadn’t come to work because he is on sick leave.
“Trial magistrate Makomo didn’t come in today because he is on sick leave and is preparing to go to South Africa for special treatment and will be available on May 14.
There are other factors that have also contributed to the delays in finalising the trial.
Trials were suspended for the whole of last year due to Covid-19 so it’s difficult to place the blame on one party today. The trial lawyer Mlotshwa is not available as well,” he said.
On the other hand, Innocent Chingarande argued on behalf of Parirenyatwa that the matter has been postponed over ten times and the State would suffer no prejudice if they removed his client from remand as he is a respectable member of the society and can be summoned anytime whenever the State is ready to proceed.
Parirenyatwa is accused of criminal abuse of office after he allegedly directed Washaya to terminate Flora Nancy Sifeku’s contract and replace her with Newman Madzikwa.
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