Mnangagwa’s Lawyer Arrested For Assaulting Human Rights Lawyer In Court
One of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s lawyers, Advocate Tinomuda Chinyoka, was arrested yesterday (Monday) after he allegedly assaulted a human rights lawyer who is representing some of the people arrested during the #ShutdownZimbabwe protests.
The lawyer, Brian Dube, also alleged that after assaulting, Chinyoka boasted that he is connected to very powerful people in the country. As a result of the assault, Dube reported the matter to the police and filed a report with the Law Society of Zimbabwe. Below is the complaint to the law society
Today on the 18th February 2019 and at Gweru Magistrates Court and in Court number 3, whilst at the bar waiting to represent a client in a trial, I was attacked by a person who I eventually got to know as Tinomudaishe Chinyoka, in the following manner:
1)He charged towards me from the back and assaulted me by pressing me hard on my right collar borne with force and I felt pain.
2)He proceeded to threaten that he will deal with me with unspecified action for allegedly pissing him off.
3)When the court adjourned, the same Tinomudaishe Chinyoka approached me and continued with the same threats bragging that he was powerful and connected and was going to deal with me.
4)The threats were reported to the Magistrate as well as a formal report at Gweru Central Police Station.
5)Through my investigations, I have gathered that he is a Legal Practitioner and currently deployed to monitor on behalf of the Party to which he belongs the lawyers who are dealing with cases of the alleged National Shutdown.
6)The same person is cited in my client’s defence as the one coordinating and coaching witnesses in Midlands against opposition members.
I feel violated and professionally interfered with. I am now working under fear and this seriously affects my independence in doing my professional work.
When reached for comment by Zim live, Chinyoka denied the assault allegations although he confirmed that he had indeed been arrested on the charges.
This is how lies are created in this country because respectable people tell blatant lies…So I went to him and said, ‘young man we are members of the same profession and you should know that before you name another lawyer in court papers you should ask that lawyer first’.
Chinyoka is part of the team that represented President Emmerson Mnangagwa during last year’s Constitutional Court challenge after the July 30 elections. Chinyoka also applied for the job of Prosecutor General and despite coming second during the interviews, President Emmerson Mnangagwa passed him over and preferred Patrick Hodzi who placed 6th in the interviews.
Chinyoka is likely to appear in court on Friday.
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